Cherry Tree Wood
Cherry Tree Wood is a 5.3-hectare park in East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet. It is a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. Located opposite East Finchley Underground station, it contains woodland and grassland, a playground, tennis courts, a cafe and toilets, its history may date back to prehistoric times, the park was part of the hunting grounds of the Bishop of London in the 12th century. It is a remnant of the large medieval wood called Finchley Wood, shown in Great Hornsey Park in Rocque's map of 1754, it was known as Dirthouse Wood because the night soil and horse manure from London's streets was brought to the Dirthouse, now the White Lion pub next to East Finchley Station, as fertiliser for hay meadows. In 1914 it was purchased by Finchley Council from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to create a public park; until it became a public park, hornbeam trees were cut back every few years to provide wood for charcoal, while oaks were allowed to grow to their full height for timber.
Now that coppicing has ceased the hornbeams have grown tall and rangy, the wood has grown shaded. Wood anemone and other ancient plants can be found in the spring, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker are seen. Mutton Brook rises in Cherry Tree Wood, the Capital Ring between Hendon and Highgate passes through it. Barnet parks and open spaces Nature reserves in Janet. Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4. Cherry Tree Wood on the VisitWoods website
Church End, Finchley
Church End is a locality within Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet in London, England. Aside from its church it centres on Finchley Central Underground station. Church End is an old village, now a suburban development, centred 7 miles north-northwest of Charing Cross. Church End was named in 1683; the name is formed from Middle English'churche' and'ende' and means'district by the church'. The name refers to the parish church of St Mary. Finchley Church End is the name of a ward in Barnet; the main road runs on a south–north axis, is called Regents Park Road from the North Circular Road until it reaches the road bridge at Finchley Central station, where the name changes to Ballards Lane. Its heart is the ancient district around St Mary's Church, where the imposing tower of Pardes House Primary School is a landmark. There is a public library in Regents Park Road in Gateway House, a new building facing the junction with Hendon Lane; the library was relocated in September 2017 from its former home in Hendon Lane, next to the church.
To the north, along Regents Park Road and Ballards Lane, close to the station, is a retail district with a Victorian and Edwardian shopping parade as well as a couple of pubs and modern shops including Sainsbury's and Tesco. Further north, Victoria Park is the home of the Finchley Carnival, a large fun fair held every year in July, dating back to 1905. Victoria Park has a lawn croquet club with a modern clubhouse. To the southeast along East End Road are two institutions of note: Avenue House, built in 1859 and home to the Finchley Society, a Jewish cultural centre, the Sternberg Centre. Avenue House was the home of Henry'Inky' Stephens, son of Dr Henry Stephens who founded the Stephens Ink Company, the first producers of "Blue-Black Writing Fluid" in 1832. A small museum - The Stephens Collection - commemorates this invention and the Stephens family, along with the history of writing materials including many photographs and artefacts. In December 2016 the museum closed temporarily in order to move to a new location within the estate's new Visitor Centre established within the former stables block.'Inky' Stephens, a former local MP, left Avenue House to "the people of Finchley" on his death in 1918.
The house and ten acres of fine landscaped gardens and parkland open to the public are now run by a local charitable trust. In February 2014 the estate was relaunched and rebranded, in conjunction with a Heritage Lottery Fund bid, as Stephens House and Gardens. South, along Regents Park Road, is College Farm, the last farm in Finchley, a statue, referred to locally as "The Naked Lady", but more properly named La Délivrance
East Barnet is an area of north London within the London Borough of Barnet bordered by New Barnet and Southgate. It is a residential suburb whose central area contains shops, public houses and services, the parish church of St Mary the Virgin. East Barnet is close to the M25 and the A1 and M1. From 1894 until 1965 East Barnet formed part of the East Barnet Urban District of Hertfordshire. In 1965, it was transferred from Hertfordshire to Greater London. Barnet local elections are held every four years to elect councillors. East Barnet is covered by two wards: East Barnet Ward - East of the railway line and north of Parkside Gardens / Stuart Road. Brunswick Park Ward - East of the railway line and south of Parkside Gardens / Stuart Road. Note: St Mary the Virgin – the Parish Church of East Barnet – is in Brunswick Park Ward. Buses125 - Winchmore Hill to Finchley Central 184 - Barnet to Turnpike Lane bus/tube station 307 - Barnet to Brimsdown railway station 326 - Barnet to Brent Cross Shopping Centre 382 - Southgate tube station to Mill Hill East tube station 383 - Barnet to Woodside Park tube station - Monday to Saturday except late evenings 384 - Barnet to Cockfosters tube stationRailway stations nearby Oakleigh Park New BarnetTube stations nearby Arnos Grove - Piccadilly line Cockfosters - Piccadilly line Oakwood - Piccadilly line High Barnet - Northern line Totteridge & Whetstone - Northern line Primary schoolsDanegrove School St. Mary's School Church Hill School Monkfrith SchoolSecondary schoolsEast Barnet School Bodens Performing Arts School, aka Bodens, is located in East Barnet.
It was founded in 1973 in Enfield, has since moved to its current site. It is a performing arts school offering Arts education to children and teenagers from the ages of 3 to 18; the Studios are located on East Barnet Road, along with the'Tony Boden Theatre', on premises. Costa Coffee East Barnet Residents' Association East Barnet Parish Church
Old Court House Recreation Ground
Old Court House Recreation Ground is a public park in High Barnet in the London Borough of Barnet. It is one of the borough's Premier Parks and received a Green Flag Award for 2009-2010; the park has six free tennis courts, a bowling green with a pavilion, a children's playground, a café and a car park. It has formal gardens, grassed areas, a tree trail; some of the trees are from California, such as a Monterey pine and a Brewer's weeping spruce, planted in the nineteenth century. A refurbishment plan carried out since 2007 included the introduction of three conservation areas; the Orchard Conservation Area was an orchard and some fruit trees survive. Old varieties of fruit trees have been planted and some parts, which were mown short, are now managed for a variety of flowers and herbs; the Bungalow Conservation Area was the park keeper's lodge. It is managed for nature conservation studies by local schools. A former tennis court has been dug up and left to develop its own wildlife as the Old Disused Tennis Court Conservation Area.
The park is named after a county court adjacent to the site, held until the First World War. In the nineteenth century, the land was owned by the Rumball family and leased as pasture, a brewery and stables. In 1912 the brewery site was purchased by Barnet Urban District Council, in 1923 the council purchased the Old Court House estate; the park was opened in 1926. The park is open from 8 a.m. until dusk. There is access from Manor Close, Mays Lane and Orchard Road. Barnet parks and open spaces London Gardens Online, Old Court House Recreation Ground Kids Fun London, Old Court House London Borough of Barnet, Old Court House
Mill Hill is a suburb in the London Borough of Barnet, England. It is situated around 9 miles northwest of Charing Cross. Mill Hill was in the historic county of Middlesex until 1965. Mill Hill consists of several distinct parts: the original Mill Hill Village. A further area at the western edge of the suburb, The Hale, is on the borders of Mill Hill and Edgware, is in each; the area's name was first recorded as Myllehill in 1547 and appears to mean "hill with a windmill". However, the workings of the original Mill are in the building adjacent to The Mill Field. Mill Hill Village is the oldest known inhabited part of the district, a ribbon development along a medieval route called'The Ridgeway', it is thought that the name'Mill Hill' may be derived from a mill on The Ridgeway, built on an area of open ground known as The Mill Field. The village is bounded on the north and the south by Green Belt land, its High Street, at 100 yards, is the shortest in London; the area's proximity to the city made it popular as a country retreat from the 17th century onwards, large houses and quaint cottages survive.
William Wilberforce and Sir Stamford Raffles both resided here, the former being the patron of Mill Hill's first church, Saint Paul's. As late as 1960 five shops existed in the Village but although the buildings survive, they have all since been converted into private houses, as the retail focus in the area shifted to Mill Hill Broadway; as of February 2011, the only places in Mill Hill Village where money can be spent are The Three Hammers and Adam & Eve pubs and Belmont Farm. Inglis Barracks at Mill Hill East was home to the Middlesex Regiment between 1905 and 1966; the 1941 reopening of the railway station, under wartime conditions, was to allow easy access to the barracks. Situated along Partingdale Lane is Seafield House. Now converted into a private home, it was designed and operated as a secret nuclear bunker to house and protect the'London North Group' emergency regional government between about 1951 and 1985. Mill Hill was part of the ancient civil parish of Hendon within the historic county boundaries of Middlesex.
Mill Hill as part of Municipal Borough of Hendon was merged into the London Borough of Barnet in Greater London in 1965. Mill Hill is one of 21 electoral wards in the borough; this ward has 3 out of the 63 seats on the Barnet Council. Mill Hill was in the parliamentary constituency of Hendon, created in 1918; this lasted until 1945 when the constituency was split in Mill Hill in Hendon North. In 1997, the Hendon constituency was recreated. From until he lost his seat to the Conservative candidate, Matthew Offord, at the 2010 general election, Hendon was represented in the House of Commons by Andrew Dismore of the Labour Party. Mill Hill's postal address is London NW7; the village is a ribbon development along The Ridgeway. It has green belt either side. "Partingdale" and "Burtonhole" form a distinct valley north of The Ridgeway. North is Folly Brook, a tributary of the Dollis Brook, running west to east. Between The Ridgeway and Folly Brook are Burtonhole Farm, a garden centre called Finchley Nurseries, several sports grounds.
The National Institute for Medical Research, a landmark building, was demolished in 2018 and the site is being developed for new houses and apartments. On 1 April 2015, the NIMR became part of the new Francis Crick Institute and ceased to exist as a separate MRC institute; the site was vacated and closed for redevelopment during 2017. Arrandene Open Space and Featherstone Hill is a large open space, 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 and woodland; the open fields were hay meadows which provided feed for the horses pulling carriages north to Barnet and beyond. On Milespit Hill, is the non-denominational Mill Hill Cemetery known as the "Paddington District Cemetery"; the 1960s pop. The cemetery contains 53 Second World War Commonwealth war graves and a Dutch "Field of Honour", containing the graves of more than 250 servicemen of the Netherlands, many of which have been brought to the cemetery from other United Kingdom burial grounds.
To the southwest of Mill Hill Village is a small suburban district called "Poets' Corner", to the north an old estate, now a nature reserve, Moat Mount Open Space. The modern-day centre of Mill Hill is at Mill Hill Broadway; this is a suburban district which developed from the 1890s onwards, in the early part of the 20th century, after the arrival of the Midland Railway station in 1868. The Broadway itself is now an important local retail area with numerous shops and cafes and transport links. Parts of the eastern side of Mill Hill have undergone redevelopment, with the old gas works replaced by a Waitrose supermarket and housing developments; the small local retail area at Mill Hill East is at "Kelly’s Corner" east of the station. To the south of Mill Hill East are Holders Hill; the United Kingdom / Carl Zeiss / Bausch & Lomb Optical Works was established at the top of Bittacy Hill in 1912 and demolished about 1990, to be replaced by a large building owned by the Jehovah's Witne
Hendon Park is a 12 hectare London suburban park situated 7 miles north west of Charing Cross. It borders the Northern line, Hendon Park and Northern line Railway Cutting are a Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation. Hendon Park was part of a medieval estate owned by the Goodyer family. From 1868 till 1903 it was owned by the Kemp family when Hendon Council opened the park to the public; the borough of Hendon became part of the larger London Borough of Barnet in April 1965. The park has a Holocaust Memorial Garden, which contains a pond, many plants and is enclosed by large hedges; the Children’s Millennium Wood planted in 2000 is a native tree and grassland area, which will provide a good habitat for birds when it matures. The rest of the park is informal parkland, with mown grass and mature trees London plane and lime, it is a good spot for watching pipistrelle bats on a summer evening. The landscape includes one of the largest specimens of Acer palmatum in London. Many mature trees survive from the original planting, despite damage caused by the Great Storm of 1987 during which many trees were uprooted and destroyed.
"Rout the Rumour", a large propaganda rally was held in Hendon Park on Sunday, 21 July 1940. The rally included songs and sketches, it was intended to promote the idea that rumour harmed the war effort. The Hendon Park cafe was a bomb shelter, is a single storey, lead lined, solid brick built building under a flat roof. Bus routes: 83, 113, 143, 186, 326, 643 and 797 all pass nearbyUnderground Station: Hendon Central Tube Line: Northern line, Edgware branch Distance: Two minutes walk The park was awarded the Green Flag Award in 2009-10 Barnet parks and open spaces Nature reserves in Barnet Hewlett, Janet. Nature Conservation in Barnet. London Ecology Unit. ISBN 1 871045 27 4
Watling Park is a public park in Burnt Oak in the London Borough of Barnet. It is one of Barnet's sixteen premier parks, it is a hilly open area with mown grassland, a children's playground, a football pitch, a basketball pitch and a small rose garden. Burnt Oak Brook, a tributary of the Silk Stream, runs through the park. There are more natural areas of undergrowth at the borders of the park and along the banks of the brook; the park is in the Watling Estate, a London County Council housing estate built in the 1920s and named after the nearby Roman road. It opened in 1931; the area was farmland, oak trees on the hill are survivors of its rural past. The main entrance is at the corner of Watling Avenue and Orange Hill Road, there is access from Fortescue Road, Chessingham Road, Abbots Road and Colchester Road. Barnet parks and open spaces London Borough of Barnet, Watling Park London Gardens Online, Watling Park Kids Fund London, Watling Park