High Barnet - Totteridge walk

This walk takes in the top of the Northern Line.

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Article · Underhill · EN5 ·
JUNE
21
2022

This walk takes in the top of the Northern Line.

High Barnet is a London Underground station and, in the past, a railway station, located in Chipping Barnet. It is the terminus of the High Barnet branch of the Northern line and is the start of a walk which takes us on to Totteridge and Whetstone station. You can see our version of this walk by clicking on the accompanying YouTube link.

High Barnet station was an idea of the Edgware, Highgate and London Railway and was opened on 1 April 1872 by the Great Northern Railway which had taken over by then. It was situated on one of the original sites of the Barnet Fair and was the terminus of the branch line that ran from Finsbury Park via Highgate.

The section north of East Finchley was incorporated into the London Underground network because of the Northern Heights project begun in the late 1930s. High Barnet station was served by Northern line trains from 14 April 1940 onwards.

The station retains much of its original Victorian architectural character, with some platform buildings dating from the pre-London Transport era.

If you are walking this route along with us, it’s a steep climb out of the station. Once you reach the main road - Barnet Hill - the station becomes quite hidden.

Barnet Hill was part of the Great North Road which ran through Barnet - the main highway between England and Scotland from medieval times until the 20th century. The Great North Road was a coaching route used by mail coaches travelling between London, York and Edinburgh.

Cross the road where you can, find the footpath marked in the direction Underhill and follow this downhill. The path reaches the point where Barnet Lane enters Mays Lane. The latter is an ancient east-west lane of Barnet running along the south of Underhill towards Barnet Gate.

Barnet Lane, meanwhile, runs south from this junction. It is one of a series of roads with this name in the area. As we cross into Barnet Lane, the Potteries (sheltered housing) has an interesting mural.

Continue south along the lane until the end of Westcombe Drive - turn along this road. The whole area was the home of Barnet FC from 1907 until 2013.

Modern housing (which we don't pass) is on the site of the former stadium and lies behind the 1930s housing on the right (south) side of the road as we walk along it.

At the end of Westcombe Drive, there a T junction. Turn right here into Fairfield Way which after a few hundred metres splits into two - take the right fork called Grasvenor Avenue.

In the late 1920s, Barnet Urban District Council bought land which became Barnet Playing Fields. It also acquired the adjoining land which it designated for private housing. The area had been farmland and was by then used in September each year for the Barnet Fair. Just over one acre of this land was acquired by the
Jesus Hospital in September 1930. Twelve cottages were completed as almshouses in 1934 with the architect being Miss J.E. Townsend.

Nine women were accepted from Chipping Barnet and three from East Barnet. These almshouses are secluded cottages which cannot be seen from the road but are beautifully designed examples of 1930s architecture.

Indeed we leave Grasvenor Avenue before we reach them and into Barnet Playing Fields at a sign pointing out the direction of the Dollis Valley Greenwalk.

We can now follow this path until Totteridge & Whetstone station.

 

 




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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:38 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Lived here
Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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Julie   
Added: 22 Sep 2022 18:30 GMT   

Well Walk, NW3 (1817 - 1818)
The home of Benthy, the Postman, with whom poet John Keats and his brother Tom lodged from early 1817 to Dec., 1818. They occupied the first floor up. Here Tom died Dec. 1, 1818. It was next door to the Welles Tavern then called ’The Green Man’."

From collected papers and photos re: No. 1 Well Walk at the library of Harvard University.

Source: No. 1, Well Walk, Hampstead. | HOLLIS for

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
High Barnet - Totteridge walk This walk takes in the top of the Northern Line.

NEARBY STREETS
Barnet Lane, EN5 Barnet Lane is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Benson Close, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Brent Place, EN5 Brent Place is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Brook Place, EN5 Brook Place is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Bryant Close, EN5 Bryant Close is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Crocus Field, EN5 Crocus Field is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Crofton Way, EN5 Crofton Way is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Dale Close, EN5 Dale Close is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Dinsdale Gardens, EN5 Dinsdale Gardens is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Dollis Valley Drive, EN5 Dollis Valley Drive is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Dollis Valley Way, EN5 Dollis Valley Way is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Fairfield Way, EN5 Fairfield Way is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Finch Close, EN5 Finch Close is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Garrowsfield, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Grasvenor Avenue, EN5 Grasvenor Avenue leads south from Fairfield Way.
Greenhill Parade, EN5 Greenhill Parade is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Helios Way, EN5 Helios Way is a location in London.
Hermes Close, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Hillier Close, EN5 Hillier Close is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Holbein Terrace, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Ivere Drive, EN5 Ivere Drive is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Meadow Close, EN5 Meadow Close is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Meadow Works, EN5 Meadow Works is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Mill Bridge, EN5 Mill Bridge is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Minotaur Drive, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Pricklers Hill, EN5 Pricklers Hill is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Priory Grove, EN5 Priory Grove was built over the site of Underhill Stadium, former home of Barnet FC.
Raydean House, EN5 A street within the EN5 postcode
Raydean Road, EN5 Raydean Road is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Sherrards Way, EN5 Sherrards Way is a road in the EN5 postcode area
The Linkway, EN5 The Linkway is a road in the EN5 postcode area
The Ridge, EN5 The Ridge is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Western Mansions, EN5 Western Mansions lies on Western Parade.
Western Parade, EN5 Western Parade is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Western Way, EN5 Western Way is a road in the EN5 postcode area
Wycherley Crescent, EN5 Wycherley Crescent is a road in the EN5 postcode area

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