High Barnet - Totteridge walk

This walk takes in the top of the Northern Line.

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JUNE
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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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Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

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Lived here
Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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Bob Land   
Added: 29 Jun 2022 13:20 GMT   

Map legends
Question, I have been looking at quite a few maps dated 1950 and 1900, and there are many abbreviations on the maps, where can I find the lists to unravel these ?

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Bob Land

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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.


Underhill

Underhill is so-named as it lies under the hill of Barnet.

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


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