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If you are thinking of moving to the London Borough of Barnet or the Barnet area or visiting Barnet then we hope you find our view and review of the Barnet area interesting.

We are surveyors, so our view of Barnet may be a bit property biased, but would you expect us to be anything else but property biased! We carry out surveys all over London , although some would argue that Barnet isn't London , but we are happy to go to Barnet and surrounding areas carrying out structural surveys, building surveys and engineers reports. We have tried to put other interesting facts about Barnet and the Barnet area, many of which we don't think you will find anywhere else on the Internet.


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Barnet, a bit of fun

If you can read these articles in the sprit they were written; that they were written for people that don't know the area. We would be more than happy to add any comments from comments from the Barnet area and any comments also from Barnet locals who feel that we've missed out any important facts, or indeed if any of the facts we have put down are not accurate.


Where in London is Barnet?

Barnet is situated in the London Borough of Barnet. It is also in Hertfordshire and we have seen some reports saying it is in Middlesex as well and Barnet certainly is in London , in the North London area, or to be more accurate, Barnet is in North West London. Surrounding and neighbouring areas include Golders Green, Mill Hill, Potters Bar, parts of Edgware, parts of Harrow to the west and Haringey. Barnet is like many London suburbs, made up of many areas, or London villages for want of a better term. These include Hornsey, Finchley, Edmonton , Tottenham (who it is rumoured have a football team!), East Finchley, North Finchley, Finchley Central and whilst there is a West Finchley Station we don't know of a West Finchley area. Brent Cross Shopping Centre, of course, is located in the area, as are parts of Hampstead and there is a Barnet in the London Borough of Barnet!

We are having to carry out surveys, structural surveys and building surveys on all sorts of buildings all over London and we have carried out lots in the Barnet area.


Further afield

To reiterate, Barnet is in North London , with the M25 just above. It is near Colney Heath, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Brookmans Parks , Potters Bar, Shenley, London Colney all to the north. To the south, coming into London , we have Totteridge, Whetstone, Mill Hill East, Muswell Hill, Woodside Park , Palmers Green, Southgate , Lyndale, Kingsbury, Brent Cross, Dolls Hill, Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Crouch End and Hornsey.

Thanks to Google Maps for this information.


Ways to travel in the Barnet area

It is not too far away from the M1 or the M25 or the A1, known as the Barnet bypass road, which goes near to Barnet. There is also the A411, known as Barnet Road , the A1000, known as Barnet Hill and Pricklers Hill, which then becomes the Great Northern Road and High Road. The A411, known as Wood Street , becoming Barnet Road and the A1081, which is the St Albans Road .

There are a number of train and tube stations in Barnet and the Barnet area: High Barnet tube station, Oakleigh Park railway station, New Barnet railway station, Hadley Wood railway station, Woodside Park tube station and West Finchley tube station, Totteridge and Whetstone tube station.

This area is also covered by the excellent Google Street View, where you can literally walk along the road.


Interesting facts we know about the Barnet area

Interesting fact about Barnet number one

Edgware was used as a resting place along the way from London to St Albans (it is rumoured that our surveyors have cups of tea in the area and they know St Albans is a good place to visit, particularly if you like Roman history and restaurants).


Interesting fact about Barnet number two

We have heard that Barnet is one of the more peaceful London Boroughs, we don't know who started that rumour. It contains a range of houses, including Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian and Regency properties and a good selection of post-war properties and inter-war properties and, of course, 1930's suburban properties.


Interesting fact about Barnet number three

Barnet is also relatively close to the Hampstead Garden suburb, which is partly in the Barnet area, which was a model village concept for a new way to set out a village or town, which later on was developed into Welwyn Garden City type theme and Letchworth Garden City, which we are advised was the first one and is now more commonly known as Letchworth.


Barnet History

Famous people that were born, have lived, or are living in


There are many famous residents and ex-residents of the Barnet area, mainly because Elstree Film Studios is just up the road. We also heard a rumour that that Shakespeare wrote a lot in this area (funny we thought it was in Stratford upon Avon) and that the Royals often passed through it, no doubt on the way to London and even stayed in the area.

Other famous people born or living or have lived in the Barnet

area are:


•  David Livingstone, born in Hadley

•  David Jason, from Only Fools and Horses' fame, North Finchley

•  Richard Cromwell (son of Oliver Cromwell), born in what is now known as Cromwell Close

•  Tony Blackburn, Arkley

•  Lennox Lewis,

•  Spike Milligan, Holden Road , Finchley and in Hadley

•  Roger Moore, The Saint' and James Bond', Borehamwood

•  Eric Morecambe, one half of Morecambe and Wise'

•  Elaine Paige, famed for Evita' and Cats', to name but a few, brought up in Barnet,

•  Cliff Richard resided in Totteridge,

•  Madness saxophone player, Lee Thompson

•  Record producer Mickie Most

•  A whole list of football players (many of whom seem to have played for, or managed, Arsenal)

•  And, various pop groups, from Girls Aloud to some of the Spice Girls.


Barnet was involved somewhere along the line with the Wars of the Roses in the 15 th Century.


Famous buildings we have not surveyed!

•  The Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon is well worth a visit. It is dedicated to the history of aviation, with particular emphasis, of course, on the British Royal Air Force. It is on two sites; one in Colindale, near Hendon and Cosford in Shropshire, near Wolverhampton and certainly not in London ! More information on Wikipedia.

•  Barnet Football Club, rumoured to be a good football club.


Unfortunately we haven't been able to come up with any other really famous buildings in the Barnet area, so anyone who knows any please phone or e-mail us, we are sure we can sort out some sort of prize.

We would add that as with many areas of London it has a mass of Victorian and Georgian houses, which may up the majority of the housing stock in the area, with some newer developments for the after war building took place, replacing bomb damaged houses and some housing with 1960 post-war built houses. We are more than happy to carry out building surveys, structural surveys, engineers reports on these properties to give you a clear idea of any problems that you may be buying when you buy your new house.

There are over 2,000 Listed buildings within the London Borough of Barnet, according to the London Borough of Barnet.


Things to do in Barnet

The small bars, cafes and restaurants are popular with our surveyor that knows the area. Also, he advises that he is dragged on shopping trips to Muswell Hill, Finchley and Golders Green, all of which are relatively close, and of course Brent Cross Shopping Centre is located nearby, which revolutionised and pioneered the shopping centre in the 1970's, which is just off the North Circular.


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