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Coordinates: 51°35′25″N 0°10′31″W / 51.59016°N 0.17534°W / 51.59016; -0.17534

East Finchley
East finchley high rd.JPG
East Finchley High Road looking south towards the tube station
East Finchley is located in Greater London
East Finchley

 East Finchley shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ265895
London borough Barnet
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N2
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Finchley & Golders Green
London Assembly Barnet and Camden
List of places: UK • England • London

East Finchley is a suburb in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 5.4 miles (8.7 km) north-west of Charing Cross. Geographically it is somewhat separate from the rest of Finchley, with North Finchley and West Finchley to the north, and Finchley Central to the west.

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History

The land on which East Finchley now stands was once part of the Bishop of London's hunting ground. More recently, it was home to some grand 'country' estates of wealthy Londoners, from which several roads take their names (e.g. Summerlee Avenue, Park Hall Road). The suburb began to be developed in the 1890s.

Geography

Transport

East Finchley tube station is marked by a well-known statue of an archer by Eric Aumonier in the Art Deco style, and pointing his arrow towards the opening of the tunnel which starts south of the station and runs all the way to the end of the Northern Line at Morden. This 17.3 miles (27.8 km) long tunnel was for many years the longest in the world. There was originally an arrow at Morden Station to match the archer at East Finchley, but this was stolen not long after the station was opened.

Amenities and features

The Phoenix Cinema

The independent Phoenix Cinema (once called the Rex) is located on the High Road, and regularly shows films with more individual appeal than is the case with the cinema chains. It is the oldest purpose-built cinema in the UK (the only older ones having started life as theatres). Time Out, the arts magazine, describes the Phoenix as the best single-screen cinema in London. Film critic Mark Kermode has written that the Phoenix Cinema "remains the single most significant cinema in my development as a bona fide cinema obsessive."[1]

There is a listed Neo-Georgian public library located on the High Road opposite Church Lane. Behind the library are some award winning allotments, owned by Barnet Council. Adjacent to these are the Fuelland allotments which are held in trust. The massive St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery is located on the High Road. Established in 1854, it is the oldest municipal cemetery in London and the largest. The Victorian painter Ford Madox Brown is buried there. Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute is located in new facilities in East Finchley and offers a range of educational courses. Opposite the tube station is Cherry Tree Wood, approx. 4.5 ha in size, and contains both woodland and grassland. Nearby parks include Coldfall wood to the north, and Highgate Wood, Queens Wood and Hampstead Heath to the south.

Housing

Housing in East Finchley is diverse in its nature, encompassing most housing styles, from 19th Century terraced housing and 1960s council estates to multi-million pound mansions on The Bishop's Avenue. The three 11-storey tower blocks of Prospect Ring, near to the centre of East Finchley, are visible for miles around.

Schools

East Finchley has several state primary schools, including Martin Primary School, and Holy Trinity Primary School. There are two secondary schools in East Finchley itself - Bishop Douglass RC High School (Roman Catholic and mixed) and Christ's College (boys only up to Year 11, mixed sixth form). Many local children attend schools elsewhere in the London Borough of Barnet. For those living in the direction of Muswell Hill to the east of the High Road, Fortismere School (mixed comprehensive, which falls under the London Borough of Haringey Local Education Authority) is an option and many East Finchleans also fall into the catchment area for Brookland Junior School, which neighbours Christ's College.

Media

The Archer is East Finchley's monthly community newspaper, run by volunteers.[2]

Popular culture

Peter Sellers lived with his mother at 211b High Street.[3] George Michael, the 1980s singer was born in Church Lane.[4] Mick Jagger lived above the wine shop in the High Road. Fleur Adcock and Kai Owen live in East Finchley. Sir Ronald Fisher was born in East Finchley. Gracie Fields lived in The Bishop's Avenue, and Katie Boyle lives off The Bishop's Avenue. Thomas Pierrepoint, the official British hangman in the early 1900s lived in Huntingdon Road, by chance not far where the eighteenth century gibbet stood in Lincoln Road. Well-known actors and journalists now live locally.

US TV show presenter and former politician Jerry Springer was born in East Finchley Underground station in 1944, during World War II.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ Kermode, Mark. It's Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive. London: Random House, 2010; page 26.
  2. ^ "The Archer". http://www.the-archer.co.uk/. Retrieved 2009-10-21. 
  3. ^ http://barnet4u.co.uk
  4. ^ Front Page Barnet4U
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