Apex Corner (1920s)
Image dated 1924
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This view of the Apex Corner
roundabout shows the original Apex Garage.
The Northway Circus
roundabout was built as part of general improvements to the road system in the 1920s.
These improvements, along with the North Circular Road, created the Barnet Bypass (A1) and Watford Bypass (A41) which met at the roundabout.
To serve the traffic which passed, a garage called Apex Garage was built on the roundabout. Such was its distinctiveness that 'Northway Circus
' began being called 'Apex Corner
In time, Apex Corner
took over as the name - it is now semi-official, used by Transport For London as the destination on bus routes.
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Apex Corner (1920s)
Apex Corner The A1 (Barnet Bypass) and A41 (Watford Bypass) converge at Apex Corner roundabout. Apex Parade, NW7 Apex Parade is a shopping parade around the Apex Corner roundabout. Ash Close, HA8 Ash Close is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Marsh Lane, NW7 Marsh Lane is the easternmost section of a long lane of which other names are Deans Lane and Selvage Lane. Mount Grove, HA8 Mount Grove is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Riverdene, HA8 Riverdene is one of the streets in the Harrow postal district of Middlesex. Selvage Lane, NW7 Selvage Lane is part of an ancient road from Edgware to Totteridge which also includes Deans Lane and Marsh Lane.
Mill Hill lies along The Ridgeway, with green belt either side.
There are a number of areas of Mill Hill, but the core is Mill Hill Village.
Partingdale and Burtonhole form a distinct valley north of The Ridgeway. North is Folly Farm and Folly Brook, a tributary of the Dollis Brook, running west to east. Between The Ridgeway and Folly Brook are the National Institute for Medical Research, Burtonhole Farm, a garden centre called Finchley Nurseries, and several sports grounds.
Arrandene Open Space and Featherstone Hill is a large open space which is bordered by Wise Lane, Wills Grove, Milespit Hill and The Ridgeway. While there are many open spaces in the area, Arrandene is unique because of its many open fields, meadows and woodland. The open fields were originally hay meadows which provided feed for the horses pulling carriages north to Barnet and beyond.
There is a non-denominational Mill Hill Cemetery, formerly known as the 'Paddington District Cemetery'. The 1960s pop singer Billy Fury is buried there, and there are also some Dutch war graves. To the southwest is a small suburban district called Poets' Corner, and to the north an old estate, now a nature reserve, Moat Mount Open Space.
With Mill Hill Village as the core of Mill Hill, railway expansion in the nineteenth century brought the developments of Mill Hill Broadway and Mill Hill East, both having separate centres from Mill Hill itself.