Ballards Lane, N12

Road in/near North Finchley, existing until now

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Ballards Lane, N12

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Road · North Finchley · N12 ·
August
7
2020

Ballards Lane is the main road linking Finchley Central with North Finchley.

Ballards Lane was originally called Over Street, contrasting it with Nether Street, which still runs in parallel to the west. It was an important medieval thoroughfare, named after a family who were living here in 1263. The estate of Ballards Reding, later Wimbush Farm, stretched across to Fallow Corner.

By the 15th century large houses set in spacious grounds were appearing along the lane. Many of these properties were rebuilt in the 17th century.

With the construction of Regent’s Park Road the lane became a turnpike in 1826 and was extended to a new junction with the Great North Road, bringing an increase in development. By 1851 the lane had 56 houses and seven under construction, which was positively heaving for such a rural outpost of London at this time, and made it the most populous part of Finchley.

Most of Ballards Lane was rebuilt again from the early years of the 20th century onwards, much of it with parades of shops and flats.




Citation information: Chambers London Gazetteer – The Underground Map
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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Artsdepot The artsdepot is a multi-purpose cultural centre located in North Finchley and opened on 23 October 2004.
Coathouse Farm Coathouse Farm was the seat of the Peacock family.
Gaumont The Gaumont Finchley opened on 19 July 1937 and was built as a replacement for the Grand Hall across the road.
North Finchley North Finchley is centred on Tally Ho Corner, the junction of the roads to East Finchley, Finchley Central and Whetstone.
Tally Ho Corner Tally Ho Corner was named after a stagecoach service.

NEARBY STREETS
Addington Drive, N12 Addington Drive leads from Sandringham Gardens to the High Road of Finchley.
Alexandra Grove, N12 Alexandra Grove is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Avondale Avenue, N12 Avondale Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Birkbeck Road, N12 Birkbeck Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Boxworth Close, N12 Boxworth Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Brompton Mews, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Burnbrae Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Castle Mews, N12 Castle Mews is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Castle Road, N12 Castle Road was named after the Rev E Castle who owned the land on which the road was built.
Christchurch Avenue, N12 Christchurch Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area
Christchurch Close, N12 Christchurch Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Churchfield Avenue, N12 Churchfield Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Churchfield Way, N12 Churchfield Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Coleridge Road, N12 Coleridge Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Dale Grove, N12 Both Dale Grove and Hutton Grove were granted building leases in the 1870s.
Derby Avenue, N12 Derby Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Essex Park, N3 Essex Park, west of Ballards Lane, was built in 1934.
Eton Avenue, N12 Eton Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area
Fallow Court Avenue, N12 Fallow Court Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Finchley Court, N3 Finchley Court was one of the developments built on the site of large houses along Ballards Lane.
Gainsborough Court, N12 Gainsborough Court is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Grand Arcade, N12 Grand Arcade is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Grange Avenue, N12 Grange Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Grove Road, N12 Grove Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Hall Street, N12 Hall Street is a road in the N12 postcode area
Hamilton Square, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Hemingford Close, N12 Hemingford Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
High Road, N12 High Road, N12 is part of the ancient Great North Road - leading from London to Edinburgh.
Hillcourt Avenue, N12 Hillcourt Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Hughes Close, N12 Hughes Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Hutton Grove, N12 Hutton Grove is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Kenver Avenue, N12 Kenver Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Kingsway, N12 Kingsway forms the lower part of the North Finchley triangle.
Lambert Mews, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Lambert Road, N12 Lambert Road is a road in the N12 postcode area
Lambert Way, N12 Lambert Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Montrose Crescent, N12 Montrose Crescent is a road in the N12 postcode area
Moss Hall Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Moss Hall Crescent, N12 Moss Hall Crescent was built on land of a house called Moss Hall.
Moss Hall Grove, N12 Moss Hall Grove was laid out from 1867, mostly for middle-class housing.
Mossborough Close, N12 Mossborough Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Nether Street, N12 Nether Street is "nether" because there once was an "Over Street".
Netherfield Road, N12 Netherfield Road is a road in the N12 postcode area
Northumberland House, N3 Northumberland House is a residential block built on the site of a nursing home.
Northwood Gardens, N12 Northwood Gardens is a road in the N12 postcode area
Pamela Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Regent Close, N12 Regent Close is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Rosemont Avenue, N12 Rosemont Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Sandringham Gardens, N12 Sandringham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Stanhope Road, N12 Stanhope Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
The Woodlands, N12 The Woodlands is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Thyra Grove, N12 Thyra Grove is a road in the N12 postcode area
Woodberry Gardens, N12 Woodberry Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Woodberry Grove, N12 Woodberry Grove runs south from Ballards Lane.
Woodberry Way, N12 Woodberry Way is a road in the N12 postcode area


North Finchley

North Finchley is centred on Tally Ho Corner, the junction of the roads to East Finchley, Finchley Central and Whetstone.

The name of the whole of the modern area covering North Finchley and neighbouring Whetstone was North End, a name first used in 1462.

The rapid enclosure of the countryside in the first years of the nineteenth century meant the end of Finchley Common in 1816, opening up North Finchley from urbanisation - this still took a while nevertheless.

21 cottages were built in Lodge Lane during 1824 and by the 1830s there were other houses - even a chapel by 1837.

By 1839 North Finchley had a blacksmith (on Lodge Lane and not the High Road).

In 1851 there was a regular bus service from the ’Torrington’ to Charing Cross and next came the local railway lines. Christ Church was opened in 1870 and a new parish was formed in 1872.

In 1905 the Metropolitan Electric Tramways started a route between Highgate and Whetstone - a tram depot was opened in Woodberry Grove. Trams and buses together promoted North Finchley’s development.


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