High Road, N12

Road in/near North Finchley, existing until now

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High Road, N12

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High Road, N12 is part of the ancient Great North Road - leading from London to Edinburgh.

The road from London which came to be known as the Great North Road played an important part in Finchley’s history. 16th century London map John Norden’s belief that the ancient highway to Barnet followed the line of Friern Barnet Lane was perhaps correct, since Finchley wood originally presented a barrier to travellers and Finchley’s earliest settlement was not on the line of the later Great North Road.

The change probably took place during the late 13th century or the 14th.

The hamlet of East End grew up during the 14th century at the exit of the road from Hornsey park but it is uncertain whether the route then passed directly northward across the common, as it did by Norden’s time, or whether it followed East End Road through Church End and along Ballards Lane to Whetstone.

Pavage was granted to the townsmen of Barnet in 1347 on the road from St. Albans to Finchley wood and to two Highgate men in 1354 for the road from Highgate to the two crosses at Finchley, extended in 1359 to St. Albans. The highway from Barnet to the two crosses was mentioned in 1374 and a watercourse at the two crosses was obstructed in 1385. There were several crosses in Finchley: one next to the church, another near Bibbesworth on East End Road, the fair cross at Ballards Reding, and probably one at Whetstone. The southern portion of the road, from Hornsey park to East End, was called Newgate Lane by 1395 and the northernmost was Whetstone Street by 1439. The intermediate stretch across the common was usually known as the Barnet Road and later as the Great North Road or High Road, its course probably following the highest and best-drained land.

Two routes from the south ran to Church End: Hendon Lane in the south-west, called Finchley Hill in 1659 and 1814 and probably identical with the medieval Alcockes Lane, and Ducksetters Street or Lane, mentioned from 1475, which ran from Golders Green a little west of the modern Regent’s Park Road. The two roads joined just south of Church End, where in 1365 the road was called Church Street. The road continued north to Finchley common as Ballards or Barrow Lane, so named in 1424, probably from the Ballard family of c. 1300.




Main source: Finchley: Introduction | British History Online
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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.
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.
Woodhouse College Woodhouse College is a further education establishment which accepts students between the ages of 16 and 19.

NEARBY STREETS
Addington Drive, N12 Addington Drive leads from Sandringham Gardens to the High Road of Finchley.
Ballards Lane, N12 Ballards Lane is the main road linking Finchley Central with North Finchley.
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
Chislehurst Avenue, N12 Chislehurst Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
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.
Coppetts Wood Nursery, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Cottonham Close, N12 Cottonham Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Crossway, N12 Crossway 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.
Etchingham Court, N3 Etchingham Court consists of blocks of flats which date from 1935.
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.
Fenstanton Avenue, N12 Fenstanton Avenue 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.
Granville Road, N12 Granville Road connects the High Road with Ballards Lane.
Graywood Court, N12 Graywood Court 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
Hilton Avenue, N12 Hilton Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal 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 Crescent, N12 Moss Hall Crescent was built on land of a house called Moss Hall.
Pamela Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
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.
School Way, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Summers Lane, N12 Summers Lane has existed from at least the 18th century as a short cut from the main road of Finchley through to Friern Barnet.
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
Woodgrange Avenue, N12 Woodgrange Avenue dates from 1910.


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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Jersey Farm
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Fortis Green, N2
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Malt and Hops
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