East End Road, linking East End and the southern section of the Great North Road with Church End, was the main east-west road in Finchley.
Although apparently not so named until the late 19th century, it probably dated from the 14th-century growth of East End. Hunts Green, mid-way along the road, was mentioned in 1437 and Piryton Lane, named in 1423 and 1485, may have been the western section of the road near Church End.
, named in 1719, ran from Ballards Lane to Bulls Lane. The eastern section was called Broad Lane in 1814. A short lane led from Bibbesworth manor-house to the church by 1657 and was called The Avenue by 1897. Several roads linked Long Lane
with East End Road. The most westerly was Squires, formerly Place, Lane, which ran north from Bibbesworth manor-house and continued across Long Lane
to the common and eventually to the Great North Road. Its northern section, Short Lane in 1657 and c. 1867, was probably the Heybourne Lane mentioned in the 1380s. Green Lane
- as known as Philips Lane joined the central portion of East End Road to Long Lane
. Bulls Lane, which after the building of Holy Trinity church in 1846 was called Church Lane
, ran from the eastern section of East End Road across Long Lane
to the common and the Great North Road.
Benedict Way, N2 Benedict Way is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Brim Hill, N2 Brim Hill is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Chapel Court, N2 Chapel Court was originally built as Chapel Street and lead in those days to the Great North Road. Church Lane, N2 Church Lane runs from East End Road to the Great North Road. Hamilton Road, N2 Hamilton Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Heath View, N2 Heath View is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Helen Close, N2 Helen Close is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. High Road, N2 High Road East Finchley dates from the early Middle Ages. Howard Walk, N2 Howard Walk is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. King Street, N2 King Street was named in 1920 but existed since Napoleonic times. Leopold Road, N2 Leopold Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Long Lane, N2 Long Lane, named in 1719, ran from Ballards Lane to Bulls Lane at East End and was probably the medieval ’Ferrours Lane’. Ludlow Way, N2 Ludlow Way is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Market Place, N2 Market Place developed from Finchley’s Hogmarket - so named by 1897. Neale Close, N2 Neale Close is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Ossulton Way, N2 Ossulton Way is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Park Road, N2 Park Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Prospect Place, N2 Prospect Place was built in 1825 to link Cuckolds Haven with East End Road. Pulham Avenue, N2 Pulham Avenue was built in the grounds of a house called Elmshurst. Red Lion Hill, N2 The contemporary Red Lion Hill connects Oak Lane and Central Avenue. The Walks, N2 The Walks is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area. Trinity Road, N2 Trinity Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
East Finchley is a place in the London Borough of Barnet.
It is suburban development situated 5.4 miles (8.7 km) north north-west of Charing Cross. Geographically it is somewhat separated from the rest of Finchley, with North Finchley (and indeed West Finchley) to the north, and Finchley Central and Finchley Church End to the west.
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The land on which East Finchley now stands was once part of the Bishop of London’s hunting ground. More recently, it was home to some grand ’country’ estates of wealthy Londoners, from which several roads take their names (e.g. Summerlee Avenue, Park Hall Road).
At one time East Finchley was referred to as the "East End" but this name faded away and now only refers to the more famous "East End of London" to the east of Central London.
East Finchley Underground Station on the Northern Line is actually above ground.
It is topped by a famous statue of an archer, created in the Art Deco style, and pointing his arrow towards the other end of the tunnel which starts south of the station and runs all the way to the end of the Northern Line at Morden. This 27.8 km long tunnel was for many years the longest in the world. There was originally an arrow at Morden Station to match the archer at East Finchley, but this was stolen not long after the station was opened.
East Finchley station is the closest station to the northern Northern Line depot at Highgate, and as such is one of the bases for Northern Line train drivers and administrative staff.
East Finchley is home to the UK headquarters of McDonalds, which is located next to the station. Plans to open a McDonalds restaurant in East Finchley were resisted by locals, although the High Road
is now home to several continental-style cafes in addition to two supermarkets and dozens of other convenience shops.
There are several public houses in East Finchley, including The Bald Faced Stag, an historic inn on one of the main routes into London.
The independent Phoenix Cinema is located on the high road.
Housing in East Finchley is diverse in its nature, encompassing most housing styles, from 19th Century terraced housing and 1960s council estates (with inappropriately appealing names, for example The Grange, Strawberry Vale, the Thomas More Estate, etc.) to multi-million pound mansions on The Bishop’s Avenue. The three 11-storey tower blocks near to the centre of East Finchley are visible for miles around.
East Finchley has several state primary schools, including Martin Infant and Junior Schools, and Holy Trinity Primary School. There are two secondary schools in East Finchley itself - Bishop Douglass RC High School (Roman Catholic and mixed) and Christ’s College (boys only up to Year 11, mixed sixth form). Many local children attend schools elsewhere in the London Borough of Barnet, or for those living in the direction of Muswell Hill to the east of the High Road
, Fortismere School (mixed comprehensive, falls under the London Borough of Haringey Local Education Authority). Local children also attend private schools as far away as Hertfordshire, generally meeting with other children in Hampstead Garden Suburb to ride private coaches to different schools.