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Coordinates: 51°36′45″N 0°09′30″W / 51.6126°N 0.1584°W / 51.6126; -0.1584

Friern Barnet
Friern Barnet town hall2.JPG
The old Friern Barnet town hall
Friern Barnet is located in Greater London
Friern Barnet

 Friern Barnet shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ276920
London borough Barnet
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N10, N11, N12
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Chipping Barnet
London Assembly Barnet and Camden
List of places: UK • England • London

Friern Barnet is a place in the London Borough of Barnet. It is a suburban development situated 7.4 miles (11.9 km) north of Charing Cross. The centre of Friern Barnet is formed by the busy intersection of Colney Hatch Lane (which runs north-south), Woodhouse Road (which takes west-bound traffic into Finchley) and Friern Barnet Road (which leads east towards New Southgate).



The housing in this area typically consists of late Victorian/early Edwardian properties as well as other large houses from later periods and many smaller semi-detached and terraced houses. Much of the property is owner-occupied, but in recent years many of the larger properties have been subdivided into flats and bedsits. There are also some areas of modern housing, notably Princess Park Manor, a luxury redevelopment of the once-famous Victorian institution the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum. England footballer Ashley Cole met his future wife, pop singer Cheryl Tweedy, when both owned apartments at this development,bandmate Kimberley Walsh also lives in Friern Barnet. Boyband Busted are also known to be among the residents of this establishment.

Friern Village

Adjacent to Princess Park Manor is a modern housing development called Friern Village. This was once the area farmed by the Colney Hatch Hospital residents. In 1998 the newly formed local residents' association held a ballot amongst the new residents to find a name for this new area. The name Friern Village was chosen and subsequently the resident's association changed its name to The Friern Village Residents' Association. A new public park in front of Princess Park Manor, Friern Barnet Road, was also named Friern Village Park.


Friern Barnet was an ancient parish in the Finsbury division of Ossulstone hundred, in the county of Middlesex.

Friern Barnet within Middlesex in 1961

The area was originally considered to be part of Barnet, most of which was in Hertfordshire. By the thirteenth century the Middlesex section of Barnet was known as "Little Barnet", before becoming "Frerenbarnet" and then "Friern Barnet". The "Friern" part of the parish's name, denotes "brotherhood", and referred to its ownership by the Priory of the Knights of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.[1][2]

Friern Barnet was mainly rural until the nineteenth century. The opening of Colney Hatch Hospital in 1851, and of railway stations on the Great Northern and Metropolitan Railways in the middle of the century began its development as an outer London suburb.[1] This process was accelerated by the arrival of electric trams in 1909.[3]

Local affairs were administered by the parish vestry until 1875, when it was grouped with neighbouring parishes as part of Barnet Rural Sanitary District. In response to a petition by local ratepayers who wished the area to be removed from the Barnet RSD, the parish adopted the Local Government Act 1858 and formed a local board of health of nine members in 1884. Under the Local Government Act 1894 the local board's area became an urban district.[4][5] The urban district occupied an area of 1,304 acres (5.28 km2) in 1911 and had a population of 14,924. In 1961 it occupied an area of 1,342 acres (5.43 km2) and the population was 28,813.[6] In 1965 it became part of the London Borough of Barnet.


Parks and open spaces

Friern Barnet is a leafy suburb of private gardens and trees and Friary Park. The area includes the North Middlesex Golf Club and Coppetts Wood nature reserve, a medium sized green area of rare plants and wildlife including some types of small Bat and Great Crested Newts.


The church of St John The Evangelst, Friern Barnet Road is a Grade II* building listed by the English Heritage organisation and considered of particular importance.[7]


Local schools and colleges include Coppetts Wood Primary School, Friern Barnet Secondary School, North London International School (being the former Friern Barnet Grammar School), The Compton School, and Woodhouse College.


The North Circular Road bisects the southern part. The nearest London Underground stations are Arnos Grove and Finchley Central. The nearest National Rail station is New Southgate. The area is served by London Buses routes 34, 43, 134, 221, 232, 234, 382, 634 and 683.


The area has recently seen a boom in the tertiary sector with many salons and beauty parlours opening along Woodhouse Road.


  1. ^ a b Friern Barnet: Introduction, Victoria County History of Middlesex: Volume 6, (British History Online) accessed January 24, 2008
  2. ^ Finchley and Friern Barnet, Barnet Online, accessed January 24, 2008
  3. ^ "History of the Area". Friern Barnet and District Local History Society. Retrieved 2008-06-16.  
  4. ^ Friern Barnet - Local Government in Victoria County History of Middlesex, Vol.6, (British History Online), accessed January 24, 2008
  5. ^ Vision of Britain - Friern Barnet UD (historic map). Retrieved on 2008-01-24.
  6. ^ Vision of Britain - Friern Barnet UD population (area ). Retrieved on 2008-01-24.
  7. ^ Friern Barnet & District Local History Society retrieved 25 February, 2009 from, & Listed Buildings of Barnet

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