Road ultimately links Hampstead with Hendon.
It has for centuries been a thoroughfare which diverted from the Hampstead to Highgate Road (Spaniard’s Road) at the highest point in north London, beside Jack Straw’s Castle.
Then it ran towards Hendon - long ago the major settlement in this part of Middlesex.
It was called North End
Road because it ran past North End
- part of Hampstead beside the old Bull and Bush
Pub. The name was interchangeable with Golders Green
East of what become the Finchley Road
when that road was laid out in the 1830s, North End
Road was often called Golders Green
West of that junction, Golders Green
Road has similarly been North End
Road at times.
A little known fact is that one single road under multiple names runs north from Trafalgar Square and only reaches its conclusion at a T junction in Mill Hill village at a pub called the Rising Sun. (South to north: Charing Cross Road, Tottenham Court Road, Hampstead Road, Camden High Street, Chalk Farm Road, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead High Street, Heath Street, North End
Way, North End
Road, Golders Green
Road, Brent Street, Parson Street, Holders Hill Road, Bittacy Hill, The Ridgeway
and Highwood Hill).