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Suburb · Temple Fortune · ·
MARCH
21
2013

Temple Fortune is a place in the London Borough of Barnet to the north of Golders Green. It is principally a shopping district used by residents of the Hampstead Garden Suburb.

It is likely that the name Temple Fortune refers to the Knights of St John, who had land here (c.1240). Fortune may be derived from a small settlement (tun) on the route from Hampstead to Hendon arrived at before arriving at Hendon. Here a lane from Finchley, called Ducksetters Lane (c.1475), intersected. It is likely that the settlement was originally the Bleccanham estate (c.900s). By the end of the 18th century Temple Fortune Farm was established on the northern side of Farm Close.

The building of the Finchley Road (c.1827), replaced Ducksetters Lane as a route to Finchley, and resulted in the development of a small hamlet. Along the Finchley Road was a number of villas (c1830s), joined by the Royal Oak public house (c.1850s). By the end of the 19th century there were around 300 people living in the area, which included a laundry, a small hospital for children with skin diseases. The principle industry was brick making.

The significant moment in Temple Fortune's development into a suburban area occurred in 1907. The establishment of the Hampstead Garden Suburb brought major changes to the area east of the Finchley Road. Temple Fortune Farm was demolished, and along the front of the road, the building of Arcade, and Gateway House (c.1911) established the Hampstead Garden Suburbs retail district. Also significant in that year was the opening of Golders Green tube station. Although the area had been served by horse drawn omnibuses (since at least the 1880s) and later motor buses (from 1907), it was the tram line of 1910, connecting Church End Finchley with Golders Green Station, which led to the development of the area west of the Finchley road. The Carmelite Monastery was established in Bridge Lane in 1908.


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MARY RUSHTON-BEALES   
Added: 25 Jan 2021 17:58 GMT   

MY GRANDMA GREW UP HERE - 100 WILLIFIELD WAY
MY GRANDMA WINIFRED AND HER BROTHERS ERIC AND JEFF LIVED AT 100 WILLIFIELD WAY. THEY WERE PART OF THE HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB SOCIAL EXPERIMENT. GRANDMA ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT WILLIFIELD WAY AND HER LIFE IN HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB WITH GREAT AFFECTION. SHE WAS CONVINCED THAT THEY HAD BETTER EDUCATION BECAUSE THEY LIVED THERE. NOT LONG AGO MY BROTHER AND I TOOK THE TRAIN TO THIS PART OF LONDON AND WALKED DOWN THE ROAD. THE HOUSE IS STILL THERE

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Lived here
   
Added: 10 Dec 2020 23:51 GMT   

Wellgarth Road, NW11
I lived at 15 Wellgarth Road with my parents and family from 1956 until I left home in the 70s and continued to visit my mother there until she moved in the early 80s. On the first day we moved in we kids raced around the garden and immediately discovered an air raid shelter that ran right underneath the house which I assume was added in the run-up to WW2. There was a basement room with its own entrance off the garden and right opposite where the air raid shelter emerged. In no time at all up high near the ceiling of this room, we discovered a door which, while we were little enough, we could enter by standing on some item of furniture, haul ourselves in and hide from the grownups. That room was soundproof enough for us kids to make a racket if we wanted to. But not too loud if my dad was playing billiards in the amazing wood-panelled room immediately above. We had no idea that we were living in such an historical building. To us it was just fun - and home!

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Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

Source: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSF7-Q9Y7?cc=3734475

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Spotted here
   
Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

Map of Thornsett Road Esrlsfield


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Born here
Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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THE STREETS OF TEMPLE FORTUNE
Alberon Gardens, NW11 Alberon Gardens, forms part of Temple Fortune
Alyth Gardens, NW11 Alyth Gardens is in an area of Temple Fortune
Arcade House, NW11 Arcade House is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Ashbourne Avenue, NW11 Ashbourne Avenue is a location in Temple Fortune
Ashbourne Mansions, NW11 Ashbourne Mansions is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Ashbourne Parade, NW11 Ashbourne Parade is a parade of shops along the Finchley Road.
Ashbourne Road, NW11 Ashbourne Road, forms part of Temple Fortune
Ashbourne Way, NW11 Ashbourne Way runs behind the shops of Finchley Road.
Asmuns Place, NW11 In 1908, two hundred and seventy houses went up in Asmuns Place.
Belmont Court, NW11 Belmont Court is in an area of Temple Fortune
Belmont Parade, NW11 Belmont Parade is in Temple Fortune
Bridge Lane, NW11 Bridge Lane is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Bridge Way, NW11 Bridge Way is in an area of Temple Fortune
Brookside Road, NW11 Brookside Road, lies in Temple Fortune
Childs Way, NW11 Childs Way is a cul-de-sac off Finchley Road.
Clarendon Court, NW11 Clarendon Court is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Clifton Gardens, NW11 Clifton Gardens is in Temple Fortune
Colroy Court, NW11 Colroy Court is a small cul-de-sac south of Bridge Lane.
Courtleigh Gardens, NW11 Courtleigh Gardens is in an area of Temple Fortune
Cranbourne Gardens, NW11 Cranbourne Gardens is part of a development to the north and west of Temple Fortune
Crispin Mews, NW11 Crispin Mews runs parallel with Finchley Road.
Decoy Avenue, NW11 Decoy Avenue is in Temple Fortune
Dingwall Gardens, NW11 Dingwall Gardens is in Temple Fortune
Eastside Road, NW11 Eastside Road runs north from Ashbourne Avenue.
Eastville Avenue, NW11 Eastville Avenue, lies in Temple Fortune
Farm Walk, NW11 In Farm Walk, there are roughcast terraces with brick doorways and bay windows designed by Parker and Unwin in 1911.
Grosvenor Gardens, NW11 Grosvenor Gardens, lies in Temple Fortune
Hallswelle Parade, NW11 Hallswelle Parade is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Hallswelle Road, NW11 Hallswelle Road is a location in Temple Fortune
Hampstead Gardens, NW11 Hampstead Gardens backs onto the Jewish Cemetary.
Harmony Close, NW11 Harmony Close is a location in Temple Fortune
Hayes Crescent, NW11 Hayes Crescent is part of Temple Fortune
Hendon Park Row, NW11 Hendon Park Row is part of Temple Fortune
Highcroft Gardens, NW11 Highcroft Gardens is in an area of Temple Fortune
Hillcrest Avenue, NW11 Hillcrest Avenue runs north from Bridge Lane.
Hurstwood Court, NW11 Hurstwood Court is a location in Temple Fortune
Hurstwood Road, NW11 Hurstwood Road is in an area of Temple Fortune
Leeside Crescent, NW11 Leeside Crescent is a location in Temple Fortune
Monks Way, NW11 Monks Way is in Temple Fortune
Monkville Avenue, NW11 Monkville Avenue is in the Temple Fortune area
Monkville Parade, NW11 Monkville Parade is part of Temple Fortune
Montrose Court, NW11 Montrose Court is part of Temple Fortune
Oakfields Road, NW11 Oakfields Road is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Park Way, NW11 Park Way dates from 1924.
Portsdown Avenue, NW11 Portsdown Avenue is part of Temple Fortune
Portsdown Mews, NW11 Portsdown Mews, forms part of Temple Fortune
Princes Park Avenue, NW11 Princes Park Avenue is in Temple Fortune
St Andrew’s Road, NW11 St Andrew’s Road connects Templars Avenue and Wentworth Road.
St George’s Close, NW11 St George’s Close is in the Temple Fortune area
St Georges Road, NW11 St Georges Road is a location in Temple Fortune
St John’s Road, NW11 St John’s Road is in Temple Fortune
Templars Avenue, NW11 The Finchley Road and Golders Green Syndicate began to build an estate south of Temple Fortune, including Templars Avenue and Wentworth Road, in 1907.
Temple Fortune Lane, NW11 Temple Fortune Lane leads from Temple Fortune itself into Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Temple Fortune Parade, NW11 Temple Fortune Parade possibly dates from 1911.
Temple Gardens, NW11 Temple Gardens is in the Temple Fortune area
Temple Grove, NW11 Temple Grove is in the Temple Fortune part of the NW11 area
Wentworth Road, NW11 Wentworth Road forms part of one of the earliest development in the Golders Green and Temple Fortune areas.
Woodlands Close, NW11 Woodlands Close is in the Temple Fortune area

THE PUBS OF TEMPLE FORTUNE
Templars Lawn Tennis Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Wallace Bar This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.




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Eton College Estate was the land beneath modern Temple Fortune. The Estate, which consisted in 1828 of 315 acres, originated in grants of land by Bela, widow of Austin the mercer, in 1259 and by William de Pavely and his wife in 1273.
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Hampstead Garden Suburb from Willifield Way (1914) Golders Green crematorium can be seen in the background
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