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Visit High Barnet, a medieval town packed full of history, shops, entertainment, festivals, and parks & open space.

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The Basque Children in Arkley 1937-42

Basque children were brought to Arkley during the Spanish Civil War.

basquechildren.org > barnet museum Spanish Letter Translated (p38. c2010)

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

Kelly’s Directories – Barnet

Kelly’s Directory was a trade directory in England that listed all businesses and tradespeople in a particular city or town, as well as a general directory of postal addresses of local gentry, landowners, charities, and other facilities. (Source)

Online – Barnet Council Online – University of Leicester

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

David Livingstone

“A stone plaque indicates Livingstone Cottage, the famous Scottish doctor, missionary, explorer and national hero, David Livingstone (born 1813 and died 1873) lived here with his family for nine months in 1857 to 58. Here he wrote his book Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, which became a best-seller.  During their short residence, they worshipped in the Congregational church on Wood Street. Livingstone’s body was later buried in Westminster Abbey, although his heart was buried in the Zambian village where he was much respected.” from Barnet Council’s Barnet Healthy Walks.
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Wikipedia > David Livingstone Wikipedia > Livingstone Cottage / Monken Cottage https://livingstoneonline.org

Foundling Hospital Barnet

“Barnet Foundling Hospital (BFH) was located on Monken Hadley Common. The smallest of six country branches of the Foundling Hospital in London (FHL), it housed 40 children from December 1762 until March 1768. Managed by Prudence West, a local ‘inspector’, living in Barnet High Street, it was the only hospital not to be run by a board of male governors. More than two hundred children were cared for in the local area over five years by ‘nurses’ (foster parents)…” (source)

https://layersoflondon.org > foundling hospital barnet Monken Hadley Common Trust Book: A Caring County (Gear, King) Wikipedia > Foundling Hospital

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)

Dame Cicely Saunders

Dame Cicely Saunders, the Barnet-born founder of the hospice movement
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Barnet Society Article (21016) stchristophers.org.uk > Founder BMJ Obituary https://wikipedia.org > Cicely Saunders

Barnet Museum

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

Second World War Decoy Airfield

St Albans Rd Barnet EN5 4RE

“A Second World War bombing decoy at Barnet that was built to deflect enemy bombing from Royal Air Force Northolt airfield.” (Source)

Heritage Gateway > Historic England Research Record Location

Forty Years at The Post-Office

By F.E. Baines (born in Barnet)

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Shakespeare – Henry VI Part 3 (approx. 1591)

Act 5, Scene 1. Earl of Warwick: “Alas, I am not coop’d here for defence! I will away towards Barnet presently, And bid thee battle, Edward, if thou darest.”

(found via “Greater London: A narrative of its history, its people, and its places (1885)” Chipping Barnet: p319)
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Quote on Open Source Shakespeare Greater London: A narrative of its history, its people, and its places Henry VI, Part 3 on Wikipedia

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

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

The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1664)

Pepys rode from London to see the physic well in 1664, and had a meal at the Red Lion.  Other mentions include when “he went into Barnet and took tea and cakes”
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Links to Dates with Barnet Mentioned

Cattle Trough

“High Barnet’s iconic street furniture includes a granite cattle trough just across the road from the Black Horse public house” (Source: Barnet Society)

“Granite cattle trough on pedestal supports at each end with a single bell-profiled finial at one end. Erected by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain & Cattle Trough Association. The ironwork for the drinking fountain has been removed. Of social interest and it is now a flower trough.” (Source: Barnet Local List 2020)

Barnet Society Article (2021)

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)

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)
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