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 will follow this path until Totteridge & Whetstone station.

 

 




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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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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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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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Superman 2
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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

NEARBY PUBS
Queens Arms This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Pavillion Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
The Weavers This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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Underhill

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The settlement at Underhill first grew up at a confluence of several old lanes.


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