About the Area

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East Barnet Village

Up until the early part of the 20th century, the village was essentially rural. Barnet Station was opened in 1880, but even then there was no immediate rush to build houses. Jacksons Road and Capel Road were built in the 1880s, the former by William Jackson who was also the licence holder of the Prince of Wales Pub.

The oldest part of Barnet is the Church of St Mary’s, a medieval building, which is thought to have been built in the 1140s.

Oak Hill House is the landmark building at the top of Oak Hill Park, built in approximately 1790. St Mary’s graveyard houses a unique gothic monument to Sir Simon Haughton Clarke, who lived at Oak Hill House until his death in 1832.

East Barnet Festival

Sponsored each year by CHAS R LOWE, has been running since 1995. It is held in the open spaces of Oak Hill Park and is run by an independent charity whose aim is to improve the immediate area. With stalls, a fun fair, music and local arts & crafts, the fair is now the largest free summer festival in North London.

New Barnet

The first roads laid out in this area were Lionsdown Road and New Barnet Road (now known as Lyonsdown Road and Station Road), and by 1857 the British Land Company were selling properties on these roads.

The popular Victorian roads of Leicester, Richmond and Plantagent were built by 1860, taking their names from the famous Battle of Barnet.

High Barnet

The oldest part of the area, with the old market (Chipping) having been around since at least the 12th century, in various locations and forms.

The High Street, with its variety of shops, has been established since the 18th century, with The Spires shopping centre having been opened in 1989.

Barnet Odeon cinema, a Grade II listed Art Deco building, was constructed in 1935 and originally held only one screen with seating for over 1500 people. It now has five screens.

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