High Road, N12

Road in/near North Finchley, existing until now

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High Road, N12

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2011

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 STREETS
Abingdon Road, N3 Abingdon Road runs north east from Long Lane, roughly parallel with the North Circular Road.
Addington Drive, N12 Addington Drive leads from Sandringham Gardens to the High Road of Finchley.
Albert Street, N12 Albert Street is a nineteenth century cul-de-sac leading off of Lodge Lane.
Anastasia Mews, N12 Anastasia Mews is a road in the N12 postcode area
Arden Grange, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Avenue Road, N12 Avenue Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Avondale Road, N3 Avondale Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Ballards Lane, N12 Ballards Lane is the main road linking Finchley Central with North Finchley.
Barnet, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Beech Lawns, N12 Beech Lawns appeared for the first time in Kelly’s Directory of Finchley & Friern Barnet in 1938 as ‘Beech Court’.
Birkbeck Road, N12 Birkbeck Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Borrowdale Close, N2 Borrowdale Close is a road in the N2 postcode area
Bow Lane, N12 Bow Lane, which was named for its shape, was constructed in 1814 after the enclosure of Finchley Common.
Bow Lane, N3 Mostly in London N12, a very small section of Bow Lane drifts into N3.
Boxworth Close, N12 Boxworth Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Brendon Grove, N2 Brendon Grove is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Britannia Road, N12 Britannia Road was first built opposite the Swan with Two Necks pub.
Brompton Mews, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Brownswell Road, N2 Brownswell Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Cardrew Avenue, N12 Cardrew Avenue dates from 1936.
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.
Central Avenue, N2 Central Avenue is a road in the N2 postcode area
Challoner Close, N2 Challoner Close is a road in the N2 postcode area
Chaplin Square, N12 Chaplin Square is a road in the N12 postcode area
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
Church Path, N12 Church Path 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.
Clifton Road, N3 Clifton Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Cliveden Close, N12 Cliveden Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Coleridge Road, N12 Coleridge Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Coniston Close, N20 Coniston Close is a road in the N20 postcode area
Cottonham Close, N12 Cottonham Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Croft Mews, N12 A street within the N20 postcode
Croft Mews, N20 Croft Mews is a road in the N20 postcode area
Crowder Close, N12 Crowder Close is a road in the N12 postcode 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.
Derwent Crescent, N20 Derwent Crescent is one of the streets of London in the N20 postal area.
Dickens Avenue, N3 Dickens Avenue is a road in the N3 postcode area
Dolman Close, N3 Dolman Close is a road in the N3 postcode area
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
Fairfield Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Fallow Court Avenue, N12 Fallow Court Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Fallows Close, N2 Fallows Close is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Fenstanton Avenue, N12 Fenstanton Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Finchley High Road, N12 The main road through Finchley was first laid out just before 1300.
Finchley Park, N12 Finchley Park was first constructed as Finsbury Road.
Font Hills, N2 Font Hills is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Frederick’s Place, N12 Frederick’s Place is a road in the N12 postcode area
Friern Park, N12 Friern Park was originnally part of Henry Holden’s Friern Park estate.
Friern Watch Avenue, N12 Friern Watch Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Gainsborough Road, N12 Gainsborough Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Glebe Road, N12 Glebe Road is a road in the N12 postcode area
Glebe Road, N3 Glebe Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Glebelands Close, N12 Glebelands Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Glenhurst Road, N12 The planning application for Glenhurst Road was made in 1937.
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.
Granville Place, N12 Granville Place 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
Green Bank, N12 Green Bank is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Green Lane, N2 Green Lane is a lost road of Finchley.
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
Heatherdene Close, N12 Heatherdene Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Hemingford Close, N12 Hemingford Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Highwood Avenue, N12 Highwood Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area
Holdenhurst Avenue, N12 Holdenhurst Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Holdenhurst Avenue, N3 Holdenhurst Avenue is a road in the N3 postcode 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.
Inkwell Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
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.
Lankaster Gardens, N2 Lankaster Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Leisure Way, N12 Leisure Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Lewis Gardens, N2 Lewis Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Limes Avenue, N12 Limes Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Little Cedars, N12 Little Cedars is a road in the N12 postcode area
Lodge Lane, N12 Lodge Lane has existed since the late eighteenth century.
Lynton Avenue, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Manor Cottages Approach, N2 Manor Cottages Approach is a road in the N2 postcode area
Mayfield Avenue, N12 Mayfield Avenue was built on the estate of the former Friern Watch House.
Montpelier Road, N3 Montpelier Road is a road in the N3 postcode 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.
Netherfield Road, N12 Netherfield Road is a road in the N12 postcode area
Northwood Gardens, N12 Northwood Gardens is a road in the N12 postcode area
Nursery Avenue, N3 Nursery Avenue is a road in the N3 postcode area
Nursery Road, N2 Nursery Road is a road in the N2 postcode area
Oak Lane, N2 Oak Lane was one of the roads of a settlement called Cuckolds Haven - so-named by 1678.
Okehampton Close, N12 Okehampton Close was built on the site of a house called Okehampton.
Old Farm Road, N2 Old Farm Road is a road in the N2 postcode area
Pamela Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Park Close, N12 Park Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Park Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Park Crescent, N12 Park Crescent is a road in the N12 postcode area
Park Crescent, N3 Park Crescent is a road in the N3 postcode area
Park Cresent, N3 Park Cresent is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Percy Road, N12 Percy Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Ploughmans Walk, N2 Ploughmans Walk is a road in the N2 postcode area
Pumphandle Path, N2 Pumphandle Path is a road in the N2 postcode area
Queens Avenue, N3 Queens Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Queens Road, N3 Queens Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Ravensdale Avenue, N12 Ravensdale Avenue was built on the estate of the former Friern Watch House.
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.
Saint Pancras Court, N2 Saint Pancras Court is a road in the N2 postcode area
Sandringham Gardens, N12 Sandringham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Simms Gardens, N2 Simms Gardens is a road in the N2 postcode area
Sonia Gardens, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Squires Lane, N3 Squires Lane - formerly Squires Place - runs across Finchley. .
Squirrels Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
St Andrew’s Close, N12 St Andrew’s Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
St. Andrew’s Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Stanhope Road, N12 Stanhope Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Strawberry Vale, N2 Strawberry Vale is now simply a road - it was once an estate.
Sylvester Road, N2 Sylvester Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Tarling Road, N2 Tarling Road is one of the streets of London in the N2 postal area.
Taunton Drive, N2 Taunton Drive is a road in the N2 postcode area
The Lindens, N12 The Lindens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
The Mead, N2 The Mead is a road in the N2 postcode area
The Oaks, N12 The Oaks is a road in the N12 postcode area
The Watch, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
The Woodlands, N12 The Woodlands is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Theobald’s Avenue, N12 Theobald’s Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area
Theobalds Avenue, N12 A street within the N12 postcode
Torrington Park, N12 Torrington Park had been part of Henry Holden’s Friern Park estate lying east of the Great North Road.
Victoria Grove, N12 This is a street in the N12 postcode area
Welbeck Close, N12 Welbeck Close is a road in the N12 postcode area
Whittington Mews, N12 Whittington Mews is a road in the N12 postcode area
Wilmot Close, N2 Wilmot Close is a road in the N2 postcode area
Winifred Place, N12 Winifred Place 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.
Woodlands Avenue, N3 Woodlands Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area.
Woodside Avenue, N12 Woodside Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Woodside Grove, N12 Woodside Grove is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area.
Woodside Lane, N12 Woodside Lane dates from 1780 at the latest.
Woodside Park Road, N12 Woodside Park Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal 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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