Barnet Museum – Celebrating the historic importance of Barnet

Barnet Museum is a free local history Museum in North London run by volunteers. The Museum focuses on Chipping Barnet, East Barnet, New Barnet, Hadley and the surrounding districts.

The Museum’s collection contains hundreds of artefacts reflecting the history of Barnet and those that have lived there, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. There is also an extensive archive, and we are a centre for local and family history research.

Barnet Museum

31 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4BE Phone: 020 8440 8066
http://www.barnetmuseum.co.uk/ High Living Review

Quick Links to barnetmuseum.co.uk

Recent History – From the Facebook page “Barnet – A Trip Down Memory Lane”

“Let’s Wallow in Nostalgia with old Memories of Barnet, Find Old Friends, add your old Photos. Chat about the old Days.”
facebook.com/groups/144875765529910

Local Historic Attractions

Barnet Market

Barnet Market Stapylton Road Barnet EN5 4LN

“On 23rd August 1199 King John issued a charter for a market in Barnet to the Lord of the Manor, the Abbot of St. Albans, John de Cella.” – fobm.

barnet-market.co.uk Friends of Barnet Market Wikipedia https://barnet.gov.uk > Barnet Market & Fair 800 years of Barnet Market (Book at Library) High Living Review

Barnet Medieval Festival

Byng Road Barnet EN5 4NP

London’s largest medieval weekend will take place at Barnet Elizabethans RFC. The Festival will be commemorating the Battle of Barnet with a special programme of battle re-enactments, gunnery and archery displays, living history encampments, music and dance, a medieval market and children’s activities.

http://www.barnetmedievalfestival.org wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Barnet High Living Review (June 2018)

Paul Baker’s Guided Walks

Phone: 07506 761294

A series of historical and fun guided walks in Barnet. Barnet Ghosts; The Battle of Barnet; Charles Dickens in North London; Georgian Monken Hadley; Historical High Barnet; Mill Hill; Hampstead Garden Suburb; East Barnet Village; Barnet pubs, churches; Historical Finchley, Special ghost walks for Halloween. Walks are usually at the weekend. They meet at various points around the Borough of Barnet. Walks also in London.

http://www.barnet-walks.co.uk/ High Living Review (March 2016)

Millie the Bronze Cat

Opposite the Waitrose Entrance The Spires, 111 High Street Barnet EN5 5XY

Visit the bronze statue of Millie, the Waitrose Cat.

instagram.com/john_somerville_sculpture Barnet Society Article (Aug 2022) Barnet Society Article (tagged 2019) Daily Mail Article (2019)

Hadley Green Drinking Fountain

Hadley Green Road EN5 5PP

Originally installed and opened in August 1885 by local benefactor Ann Pagent, it was restored and opened again in April 2023 campaigned for by local shopkeeper Peter Wanders in April 2023.

BBC London Article (March 2023) Barnet Society Article (Apr 2023) Watch BBC London Video (March 2023) Further Information & History

Elisana Florist

54a High Street Barnet EN5 5SZ

With a timber-frame dating from 1360, 54a High Street, Barnet, is currently considered to be the oldest shop in Barnet and the second oldest timber framed building in London.

https://www.elisanaflorist.co.uk/ High Living Review (Feb 2023) History

Barnet Museum

31 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4BE Phone: 020 8440 8066
http://www.barnetmuseum.co.uk/ High Living Review

Physic Well

Well Approach Barnet EN5 3DY
You can visit 2pm-4pm on the third Saturday of the month.
In 2023: 18th March / 15th April / 20th May / 17th June / 15th July / 19th August / 16th September / 21st October / 18th November.
Visit Website High Living Review Watch Barnet Council Video (Nov 2018)

Battle of Barnet Banners

High Street Barnet EN5 5XP

Barnet Museum volunteers have created over 90 replica banners representing nobles who fought at the Battle of Barnet.   View the battle of Barnet Banners, along the High Street and in the Spires.  Download the list of Banners from the Barnet Museum website and see which ones you can spot (2023).  In 2024, a booklet “Battle of Barnet – Set forth on a Quest” was created and is available from the museum.

barnetmuseum.co.uk > banners

Site of Hadley Stocks

Near Hadley Green West Barnet EN5 4PP
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Hadley Highstone Monument

Junction of Kitts End Rd & Great North Road Barnet EN5 4QQ

The monument is a sandstone obelisk which was originally put up by Sir Jeremy Sambrook in 1740. It reads “Here was fought the famous battle between Edward IV and the Earl of Warwick April 14th Anno 1471 in which the Earl was Defeated and Slain“.

Listing on Historic England Listing on Imperial War Museum Website Barnet.gov.uk > Hadley Highstone Watch YouTube Video

New Ground Co-housing

5b Union St Barnet EN5 4HY

Built in 2016, “New Ground Cohousing is the first senior cohousing community in the country based in High Barnet, north London, and it’s only for women.”

https://newgroundcohousing.uk/ Watch Video (2021)

Whalebones

140 Wood Street Barnet EN5 4DA

Note: This is a private home, so please don’t walk up the drive.

Londonist Article (2015) Wikipedia