Cobley’s Farm

Farm in/near Dormers Wells, existing until 1905

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Cobley’s Farm - 19th century watercolour

Cobley’s Farm, also known as Fallow Farm, stood near to the "elbow" of Bow Lane.

The area of Fallow Corner and of Cobley’s (Fallow) Farm (so called by the 17th century) was first recorded in 1429. By the 18th century there was a small hamlet of houses and the access roads from these to the main road formed the distinct Bow Lane. The route of the road was originally part of a lengthy track leading across from Muswell Hill through Coldfall Wood to the northern portion of Church End. Bow Lane, which was named for its shape, was constructed in 1814 after the enclosure of Finchley Common.

Opposite Cobley’s Farm it diverged, the northern portion ultimately doubling back to the Great North Road from Fallow Corner in the form of a "bow," and the western portion proceeding across the fields of the farm to Church End, reaching Ballards Lane by the side of Willow Lodge. The northern of these two branches was known as Fallow Lane.

Fallow Farm was in the possession of the Cobley family in the year 1680. An earlier lease of the farm is in existence, dated 1648. Originally a small farm at the northern corner (Fallow Corner) of Finchley Common, it was gradually expanded by the enclosure of common land. It attained its greatest dimensions as a result of the Enclosure Acts of 1814.

Cobley’s Farm was of considerable extent, occupying the full stretch of land from the Great North Road to Ballards Lane and to Short Lane - the name of the last lane has now vanished.

Between 1806 and 1827 the clown Joseph Grimaldi lived here. It was whilst “ghost writing” Grimaldi’s memoirs that Charles Dickens probably first stayed at the farm during 1836 and 1837. Later, in 1843, he returned and wrote portions of Martin Chuzzlewit, conceiving the character of ’Sairey’ Gamp whilst out walking in Finchley.

The farm continued in the possession of the Cobley family till the closing years of the nineteenth Century. The then owner, Mr Richard Cobley, removed to Cheshunt on the death of his mother. He continued to visit the farm and supervise the work thereon till the buildings were pulled down and the farm broken up for development.

The farm’s fields were released for building, as the Etchingham Park Estate, between 1878 and 1920.

The sale of the farm and the mooted arrival here of electric trams prompted a spate of activity at Fallow Corner in the very early years of the 20th century. Neighbouring Wimbush Farm was sold and its farmhouse demolished. The 13-acre grounds of another large house, Fallow Lodge, were divided into 101 plots and built on. Fallow Court Avenue was laid out around it.

The farm as a working entity halted in 1905.

In 1903 a county school opened and in 1908 a cottage hospital, which was extended in 1922 and renamed Finchley memorial hospital. The few remaining gaps were built on around this time, including the site of Fallow Farm’s farmhouse. Fallow Cottage was sold in 1939 to Wood and Wallers, who knocked it down and built flats on its site.

Note: Article largely derived from "The Finchley Press/Muswell Hill Mercury & Highgate Post" on 20 May 1927

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Dormers Wells

Dormers Wells or Dormer's Wells is a neighbourhood consisting of a grid of mostly semi-detached or terraced houses with gardens and small parks.

Until urban/suburban development in the mid 20th century this area formed a small, east part of the Precinct of Norwood a relatively rare half subdivision of the large parish of Hayes.

Southall and Norwood manors in much of the medieval period belonged to the Archbishop of Canterbury hence giving the Norwood quasi-chapelry — virtually all a mixed agricultural area which covered today's Dormer's Wells, Norwood Green and Southall — the higher, less alienable status of a precinct.

The 12th century founded, much-altered chapel is St Mary's Church, Norwood Green.

St John's Church, Southall was built and endowed in 1838; consecrated in three years and made a parish in 1850. Nine years later Norwood precinct was created a parish separate from that of Hayes.

Further Anglican churches followed: Holy Trinity, St George, Christ the Redeemer and Emmanuel none are named after this area.

In 1800 the precinct's overshot flour mill on the edge of the fields associated with "Dorman's Well Farm" belonged to the Hayes manorial estate, the main manor in the parish. At that date it stood, together with a house and other property, at Dorman's Well. The overshot mill, comprising a mill, house, millpond, and land, was owned by the Earl of Jersey in 1821 (Villiers family seated at nearby Osterley Park) and in the 1860s stood, as before, on Windmill Lane at Dorman's Well.

In the late 20th century migration into the area included part of London's Sikh community, who established a large community building and venue for public hire, the Baba Wadbhag Singh Trust building.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Bishop Douglass School:   Bishop Douglass is an academy converter comprehensive secondary school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Coathouse Farm:   Coathouse Farm was the seat of the Peacock family.
Dormers Wells:   Dormers Wells or Dormer's Wells is a neighbourhood consisting of a grid of mostly semi-detached or terraced houses with gardens and small parks.
Five Bells:   The Five Bells dates from 1751.
Gaumont:   The Gaumont Finchley opened on 19 July 1937 and was built as a replacement for the Grand Hall across the road.
Long Lane Pasture:   Long Lane Pasture is a meadow hidden away in the heart of North London’s suburbs.
Manorside Primary School:   Manorside Primary School is a mixed community school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Moss Hall:   Moss Hall was named after the Mosse family.
Moss Hall Infant School:   Moss Hall Infant School accepts children between the ages of 5 and 7.
Moss Hall Junior School:   Moss Hall Junior School is a mixed community school which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 11.
Moss Hall Tavern:   The Moss Hall Tavern opened in 1871 and became known as "The Elephant".
Newmarket Farm:   Newmarket Farm existed until 1855.
Newstead Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
North Finchley:   North Finchley is centred on Tally Ho Corner, the junction of the roads to East Finchley, Finchley Central and Whetstone.
Northside Primary School:   Northside Primary School is a mixed community school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Our Lady of Lourdes RC School:   Our Lady of Lourdes RC is a voluntary-aided primary which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Park Farm:   Park Farm, Finchley give much of its land to the later Hampstead Garden Surburb.
Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School:   Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School:   St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School is a girls school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
Tally Ho:   The Tally Ho was named after nearby Tally Ho Corner where in the 1820s and 30s the Tally Ho Coach Company kept the first change of horses used for the London to Birmingham mail coach.
Torrington House:   The Torrington Arms (Torrington House) opened in the 1830s.
Tudor Primary School:   Tudor Primary School is a mixed community school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.


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