Cobley’s Farm

Farm in/near North Finchley, existing until 1905.

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December
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2017
Cobley’s Farm, also known as Fallow Farm, stood near to the "elbow" of Bow Lane.

The area of Fallow Corner and of Cobley’s (Fallow) Farm (so called by the 17th century) was first recorded in 1429. By the 18th century there was a small hamlet of houses and the access roads from these to the main road formed the distinct Bow Lane. The route of the road was originally part of a lengthy track leading across from Muswell Hill through Coldfall Wood to the northern portion of Church End. Bow Lane, which was named for its shape, was constructed in 1814 after the enclosure of Finchley Common.

Opposite Cobley’s Farm it diverged, the northern portion ultimately doubling back to the Great North Road from Fallow Corner in the form of a "bow," and the western portion proceeding across the fields of the farm to Church End, reaching Ballards Lane by the side of Willow Lodge. The northern of these two branches was known as Fallow Lane.

Fallow Farm was in the possession of the Cobley family in the year 1680. An earlier lease of the farm is in existence, dated 1648. Originally a small farm at the northern corner (Fallow Corner) of Finchley Common, it was gradually expanded by the enclosure of common land. It attained its greatest dimensions as a result of the Enclosure Acts of 1814.

Cobley’s Farm was of considerable extent, occupying the full stretch of land from the Great North Road to Ballards Lane and to Short Lane - the name of the last lane has now vanished.

Between 1806 and 1827 the clown Joseph Grimaldi lived here. It was whilst “ghost writing” Grimaldi’s memoirs that Charles Dickens probably first stayed at the farm during 1836 and 1837. Later, in 1843, he returned and wrote portions of Martin Chuzzlewit, conceiving the character of ’Sairey’ Gamp whilst out walking in Finchley.

The farm continued in the possession of the Cobley family till the closing years of the nineteenth Century. The then owner, Mr Richard Cobley, removed to Cheshunt on the death of his mother. He continued to visit the farm and supervise the work thereon till the buildings were pulled down and the farm broken up for development.

The farm’s fields were released for building, as the Etchingham Park Estate, between 1878 and 1920.

The sale of the farm and the mooted arrival here of electric trams prompted a spate of activity at Fallow Corner in the very early years of the 20th century. Neighbouring Wimbush Farm was sold and its farmhouse demolished. The 13-acre grounds of another large house, Fallow Lodge, were divided into 101 plots and built on. Fallow Court Avenue was laid out around it.

The farm as a working entity halted in 1905.

In 1903 a county school opened and in 1908 a cottage hospital, which was extended in 1922 and renamed Finchley memorial hospital. The few remaining gaps were built on around this time, including the site of Fallow Farm’s farmhouse. Fallow Cottage was sold in 1939 to Wood and Wallers, who knocked it down and built flats on its site.

Note: Article largely derived from "The Finchley Press/Muswell Hill Mercury & Highgate Post" on 20 May 1927


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Whitechapel (1980 - 1981)
Diana Lee-Gobbitt - Artist rented a room at No 1 Berner Street, Whitechapel, opposite Church Passage (Ripper territory) for one year, rent approx 3 pounds pw. Worked as Receptionist for n Indian import/export company in the Watney Markets. Owner of No 1 Berner Street was Sammy Ferrugia, Maltese Taxi company owner. The artist was shown the gambling den in Dutfield’s Yard behind the terrace houses. It was common local knowledge prostitution was high end income for those in the East End during the 1950s.

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Haycroft Gardens, NW10
My Grandfather bought No 45 Buchanan Gdns in I believe 1902 and died ther in the early 1950s

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Haycroft Gardens, NW10
I lived in No 7 from 1933 to 1938

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Sylvia guiver   
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Grandparents 1937 lived 37 Blandford Square
Y mother and all her sisters and brother lived there, before this date , my parent wedding photographers were take in the square, I use to visit with my mother I remember the barge ballon in the square in the war.

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Roy Mathieson   
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St Saviours
My great grandmother was born in Bowling Green Lane in 1848. The family moved from there to Earl Terrace, Bermondsey in 1849. I have never been able to locate Earl Terrace on maps.

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Buckhurst Street, E1
Mt grandfather, Thomas Walton Ward had a musical instrument workshop in Buckhurst Street from 1934 until the street was bombed during the war. Grandfather was a partner in the musical instrument firm of R.J. Ward and Sons of Liverpool. He died in 1945 and is buried in a common grave at Abney Park Cemetery.

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Mike Dowling   
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Family ties (1936 - 1963)
The Dowling family lived at number 13 Undercliffe Road for
Nearly 26 years. Next door was the Harris family

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Vickers Road
The road ’Vickers Road’ is numbered rather differently to other roads in the area as it was originally built as housing for the "Vickers" arms factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. Most of the houses still retain the original 19th century tiling and drainage outside of the front doors.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
The Gaumont Finchley opened on 19 July 1937 and was built as a replacement for the Grand Hall across the road.
Artsdepot The artsdepot is a multi-purpose cultural centre located in North Finchley and opened on 23 October 2004.
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.
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 (North Finchley)
Albert Street, N12 Albert Street is a nineteenth century cul-de-sac leading off of Lodge Lane (Woodside Park)
Alexandra Grove, N12 Alexandra Grove leads northwestwards from Ballards Lane towards the tracks of the Northern Line (West Finchley)
Anastasia Mews, N12 Anastasia Mews is a road in the N12 postcode area (Woodside Park)
Ashurst Road, N12 Ashurst Road was built by the British Land Company (North Finchley)
Ballards Lane, N12 Ballards Lane is the main road linking Finchley Central with North Finchley (North Finchley)
Barbara Langstone House, N12 Barbara Langstone House can be found on Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Barclay Court, N12 Barclay Court is a block on Dale Grove (North Finchley)
Beech Lawns, N12 Beech Lawns appeared for the first time in Kelly’s Directory of Finchley & Friern Barnet in 1938 as ‘Beech Court’ (North Finchley)
Birkbeck Road, N12 Birkbeck Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Bow Lane, N12 Bow Lane, which was named for its shape, was constructed in 1814 after the enclosure of Finchley Common (North Finchley)
Bow Lane, N3 Mostly in London N12, a very small section of Bow Lane drifts into N3 (North Finchley)
Boxworth Close, N12 Boxworth Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Britannia Road, N12 Britannia Road was first built opposite the Swan with Two Necks pub (North Finchley)
Brompton Mews, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Burnbrae Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Buxted Road, N12 Buxted Road was laid out in 1913 (North Finchley)
Cairn House, N12 Cairn House is a block on Lodge Lane (Woodside Park)
Cardrew Avenue, N12 Cardrew Avenue dates from 1936 (North Finchley)
Cardrew Close, N12 Cardrew Close lies on the Cardrew House Estate (North Finchley)
Castle Mews, N12 Castle Mews is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Castle Road, N12 Castle Road was named after the Rev E Castle who owned the land on which the road was built (North Finchley)
Chaplin Square, N12 Chaplin Square is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Chislehurst Avenue, N12 Chislehurst Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Christchurch Avenue, N12 Christchurch Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Christchurch Close, N12 Christchurch Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Church Path, N12 Church Path is a road in the N12 postcode area (Woodside Park)
Churchfield Avenue, N12 Churchfield Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Churchfield Way, N12 Churchfield Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Clifton Road, N3 Clifton Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area (North Finchley)
Coleridge Road, N12 Coleridge Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Copwood Close, N12 Copwood Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Cottonham Close, N12 Cottonham Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Crescent Way, N12 Crescent Way is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Crossway, N12 Crossway is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Crowder Close, N12 Crowder Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Dale Grove, N12 Both Dale Grove and Hutton Grove were granted building leases in the 1870s. (North Finchley)
Derby Avenue, N12 Derby Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Derby House, N12 Derby House is a block on Coleridge Road (North Finchley)
Derwent Crescent, N20 Derwent Crescent is one of the streets of London in the N20 postal area (North Finchley)
Dickens Avenue, N3 Dickens Avenue is a road in the N3 postcode area (North Finchley)
Essex Park, N3 Essex Park, west of Ballards Lane, was built in 1934 (North Finchley)
Etchingham Court, N3 Etchingham Court consists of blocks of flats which date from 1935 (North Finchley)
Etchingham Park Road, N3 Part of the old Etchingham estate in Finchley was leased to Frederick Wheeler who built substantial brick houses in Etchingham Park Road. (North Finchley)
Eton Avenue, N12 Eton Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Fairfield Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Fallow Court Avenue, N12 Fallow Court Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Fenstanton Avenue, N12 Fenstanton Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Finchley Court, N3 Finchley Court was one of the developments built on the site of large houses along Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Finchley High Road, N12 The main road through Finchley was first laid out just before 1300 (North Finchley)
Finchley Park, N12 Finchley Park was first constructed as Finsbury Road (North Finchley)
Friary Road, N12 Friary Road links Torrington Park and Friern Barnet Lane (North Finchley)
Friary Way, N12 Friary Way dates from the late 1920s and was formerly a private road (North Finchley)
Friern Park, N12 Friern Park was originnally part of Henry Holden’s Friern Park estate (North Finchley)
Friern Watch Avenue, N12 Friern Watch Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Gainsborough Road, N12 Gainsborough Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (Woodside Park)
Garthway, N12 Garthway is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Glebe Road, N12 Glebe Road is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area (North Finchley)
Glebe Road, N12 Glebe Road is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Glebelands Close, N12 Glebelands Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Glenhurst Road, N12 The planning application for Glenhurst Road was made in 1937 (North Finchley)
Grand Arcade, N12 Grand Arcade was built in the late 1930s as a commercial thoroughfare (North Finchley)
Grange Avenue, N12 Grange Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (Woodside Park)
Granville Court, N12 Granville Court is a block on Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Granville Place, N12 Granville Place is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Granville Road, N12 Granville Road connects the High Road with Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Graywood Court, N12 Graywood Court is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Grove Road, N12 Grove Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Hall Street, N12 Hall Street is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Hamilton Square, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Hartley House, N12 Hartley House is a block on Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Heatherdene Close, N12 Heatherdene Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Hemingford Close, N12 Hemingford Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
High Road, N12 High Road, N12 is part of the ancient Great North Road - leading from London to Edinburgh (North Finchley)
Hilton Avenue, N12 Hilton Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Holdenhurst Avenue, N12 Holdenhurst Avenue is a road in the N3 postcode area (North Finchley)
Homan Court, N12 Homan Court is a block on Friern Watch Avenue (North Finchley)
Hughes Close, N12 Hughes Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Hurley Court, N20 Hurley Court is a block on High Road (North Finchley)
Hutton Grove, N12 Hutton Grove is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Kenver Avenue, N12 Kenver Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Kingsclere Court, N12 Kingsclere Court lies on Friern Park (North Finchley)
Kingsway, N12 Kingsway forms the lower part of the North Finchley triangle (North Finchley)
Knightswood House, N12 Knightswood House is a block on Dale Grove (North Finchley)
Lambert Mews, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Lambert Road, N12 Lambert Road is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Lambert Way, N12 Lambert Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Leisure Way, N12 Leisure Way is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Lewes Road, N12 Lewes Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Lodge Lane, N12 Lodge Lane has existed since the late eighteenth century (Woodside Park)
Lotus House, N12 Lotus House can be found on Lodge Lane (Woodside Park)
Lynton Avenue, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Mayfield Avenue, N12 Mayfield Avenue was built on the estate of the former Friern Watch House (North Finchley)
Michelle Court, N12 Michelle Court is a block on Torrington Park (North Finchley)
Montrose Crescent, N12 Montrose Crescent is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Moss Hall Court, N12 Moss Hall Court is a block on Moss Hall Grove (North Finchley)
Moss Hall Crescent, N12 Moss Hall Crescent was built on land of a house called Moss Hall (North Finchley)
Moss Hall Grove, N12 Moss Hall Grove was laid out from 1867, mostly for middle-class housing (North Finchley)
Mossborough Close, N12 Mossborough Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Netherfield Road, N12 Netherfield Road is a road in the N12 postcode area (Woodside Park)
Northumberland House, N3 Northumberland House is a residential block built on the site of a nursing home (North Finchley)
Northwood Gardens, N12 Northwood Gardens is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Okehampton Close, N12 Okehampton Close was built on the site of a house called Okehampton (North Finchley)
Pamela Court, N12 Pamela Court is a block on Moss Hall Grove (North Finchley)
Park Close, N3 Park Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Park Court, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Park Crescent, N3 Park Crescent is a road in the N3 postcode area (North Finchley)
Park View Court, N12 Park View Court is a block on Torrington Park (North Finchley)
Percy Road, N12 Percy Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (Woodside Park)
Petworth Road, N12 Petworth Road runs from Woodhouse Road to Buxted Road (North Finchley)
Premier House, N12 Premier House is a block on Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Queens Avenue, N3 Queens Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area (North Finchley)
Ravensdale Avenue, N12 Ravensdale Avenue was built on the estate of the former Friern Watch House (North Finchley)
Regent Close, N12 Regent Close is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Robson Court, N12 Robson Court can be found on Dale Grove (North Finchley)
Rosebank Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Rosemont Avenue, N12 Rosemont Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Rowlandson House, N12 Rowlandson House is a block on Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Sandringham Gardens, N12 Sandringham Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
School Way, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
St Michael’s Close, N12 St Michael’s Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Stanhope Road, N12 Stanhope Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
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. (North Finchley)
The Lindens, N12 The Lindens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
The Watch, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
The Woodlands, N12 The Woodlands is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Thyra Grove, N12 Thyra Grove is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Torrington Avenue, N12 Torrington Avenue was built in 1935 as part of the Cardrew House Estate (North Finchley)
Torrington Close, N12 A street within the N12 postcode (North Finchley)
Torrington Grove, N12 Torrington Grove is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Torrington Park, N12 Torrington Park had been part of Henry Holden’s Friern Park estate lying east of the Great North Road (North Finchley)
Valley Avenue, N12 Valley Avenue is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Victoria Grove, N12 This is a street in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Vinny Court, N12 Vinny Court is a block on Highwood Avenue (North Finchley)
Warnham Road, N12 Warnham Road is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Welbeck Close, N12 Welbeck Close is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Wentworth Close, N3 Wentworth Close is a road in the N3 postcode area (North Finchley)
Winifred Place, N12 Winifred Place is a road in the N12 postcode area (Woodside Park)
Woodberry Gardens, N12 Woodberry Gardens is one of the streets of London in the N12 postal area (North Finchley)
Woodberry Grove, N12 Woodberry Grove runs south from Ballards Lane (North Finchley)
Woodberry Way, N12 Woodberry Way is a road in the N12 postcode area (North Finchley)
Woodgrange Avenue, N12 Woodgrange Avenue dates from 1910 (North Finchley)
Woodhouse Road, N12 Woodhouse Road is the main road between North Finchley and Friern Barnet (North Finchley)
Woodlands Avenue, N3 Woodlands Avenue is one of the streets of London in the N3 postal area (North Finchley)

NEARBY PUBS
Moss Hall Tavern The Moss Hall Tavern opened in 1871 and became known as "The Elephant".
Swan and Pyramids The Swan & Pyramids was situated at 975 High Road.
Tally Ho The Tally Ho was named after nearby Tally Ho Corner where in the 1820s and 30s the Tally Ho Coach Company kept the first change of horses used for the London to Birmingham mail coach.
The Bohemia The Bohemia is situated in North Finchley.


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