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Totteridge is located in Greater London
 Totteridge shown within Greater London
OS grid reference
London borough Barnet
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N20
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Chipping Barnet
London Assembly Barnet and Camden
List of places
Totteridge War Memorial
Darland's Lake

Totteridge is an old English village, currently a protected picturesque residential area of the London Borough of Barnet in North London, England. It is a mixture of suburban development and open land (including some farmland) situated 8.20 miles (13.05 km) north north-west of Charing Cross.

It gives its name to a ward in the borough and to the St Andrew, Totteridge ecclesiastical parish of the Diocese of St Albans.[1]


  • History 1
  • Geography and landmarks 2
  • Transport 3
    • Buses 3.1
    • Tube station 3.2
    • Railway station 3.3
  • Demography 4
  • Sport and leisure 5
  • Nature reserves 6
  • Nearest tube stations 7
  • Notable residents 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Totteridge (parish) population
1881 657
1891 785
1901 844
1911 895
1921 801
1931 1,024
1941 war #
1951 4,500
# no census was held due to war
source: UK census
A map showing Totteridge parish in 1935.

This area was originally called Tataridge in the 13th Century. It may have been named after someone called Tata.[2] The ridge is the high ground between the valleys of the Dollis Brook and Folly Brook. Over the centuries the rural qualities of Totteridge have attracted well-to-do families. Cardinal Manning was born at Copped Hall in Totteridge in 1808.[3] With the opening of Great Northern Railway station in 1872, late-Victorian and Edwardian mansions were built around the old village. In line with overall trends in the late-1930s, following the conversion of the railway station (in operation from 1872 until 1941) into an underground station (from 1940) on the Northern line, smaller properties were built within walking distance from the station (Totteridge and Whetstone tube station). In 1968 much of Totteridge was designated a Conservation Area, and no major developments have taken place since then.

Totteridge was a civil parish of Hertfordshire covering an area of 1,604 acres (6.49 km2)[4] and formed part of a thin protrusion into Middlesex. It became part of Barnet Rural District and had a parish council from 1894 to 1914. It then formed part of Barnet Urban District from 1914 to 1965. In 1965, the parish and urban district were abolished by the London Government Act 1963 and the area was transferred from Hertfordshire to Greater London, to become part of the London Borough of Barnet. In 1901 the parish had a population of 844 and by 1951 it had risen to 4,500.[5]

Geography and landmarks

The boundary to the north and east is the Dollis Brook and the boundary to the south is that river's tributary, the Folly Brook. While these rivers define the area covered by the residents' association, the southern part of the area (with postcode N12 rather than N20) is often regarded as being in Woodside Park.

The main road is the A5109, which runs roughly east-west. The western part is called Totteridge Common, the next part is called Totteridge Village, the central part by the village green is called Totteridge Green, and the eastern part is called Totteridge Lane; the Lane continues into Whetstone, terminating at its junction with High Road, Whetstone (the A1000). At the western end of Totteridge Common is a set of traffic lights; the road to the north from these lights, Hendon Wood Lane, is just to the west of the western boundary.

St. Andrew's Church stands on the ancient circle site, with a chapel known to be located here from 1250. The rounded boundaries of the churchyard imply an underlying mote and ancient meeting place. The ancient yew tree in the churchyard is about 2,000 years old (as estimated by Kew garden's experts) and is the oldest tree in London (also included in the book "100 Greatest Trees of London). The Tithe Barn and the adjacent animal Pound, now both part of the Pound House estate, date from 17th and 16th centuries accordingly. In 1790-1791, during the church renovation, all church services were conducted in the Tithe Barn. The West End House barn and Laurel Farm barn were built in the 17th century and now converted into private houses. Timber framed buildings existing from the Tudor era also include Willow House and Rose Cottage.

Totteridge has many spacious detached properties in a green setting that are highly valued; some of them are among the most expensive houses in London. Its past and present residents have included the rich and famous, including Arsène Wenger, Frankie Vaughan, Des O'Connor, Cliff Richard, Mickie Most, Hank Marvin, David Dein and many top footballers. More modest housing, much of it semi-detached, predominates at the eastern end of Totteridge.



Transport for London bus route 251 towards Edgware bus/tube station (westbound), or towards Arnos Grove tube station (eastbound), passes through Totteridge Village along the A5109.

Route 326 towards Barnet (the Spires), or towards Brent Cross Shopping Centre, skirts the eastern fringe of the area, operating a service along the eastern section of Totteridge Lane, and a Hail and Ride service along Longland Drive.

Tube station

The nearest tube station is Totteridge and Whetstone - Northern line on Totteridge Lane. Both bus routes 251 and 326 stop outside the station, on either side of Totteridge Lane.

Railway station



Totteridge compared
2001 UK Census Totteridge ward Barnet borough England
Population 14,449 314,564 49,138,831
Foreign born 30.7% 30.5% 9.2%
White 75.0% 74.0% 90.9%
Asian 14.0% 14.4% 4.6%
Black 2.6% 6.0% 2.3%
Christian 47.2% 47.3% 71.7%
Jewish 16.7% 14.8% 0.5%
Muslim 4.5% 6.2% 3.1%
Hindu 5.6% 6.7% 1.1%
No religion 12.5% 12.8% 14.6%
Unemployed 2.3% 3.4% 3.3%
Retired 11.1% 10.1% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census, the Totteridge electoral ward had a population of 14,449. The ethnicity was 75% white, 2.5% mixed race, 14% Asian, 2.6% black and 5.9% other. The place of birth of residents was 69.3% United Kingdom, 1.8% Republic of Ireland, 4.2% other Western European countries, and 24.7% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 47.2% Christian, 2.5% Buddhist, 5.6% Hindu, 0.6% Sikh, 16.7% Jewish, and 4.5% Muslim. 12.5% were recorded as having no religion, 1.8% had an alternative religion and 8.7% did not state their religion.[6]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 38.3% in full-time employment, 9.9% in part-time employment, 14.7% self-employed, 2.3% unemployed, 1.9% students with jobs, 7.6% students without jobs, 11.1% retired, 8.8% looking after home or family, 2% permanently sick or disabled and 3.4% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 15.1% retail, 6.9% manufacturing, 3.2% construction, 23.2% real estate, 9.8% health and social work, 8.9% education, 6% transport and communications, 6.9% public administration, 3.5% hotels and restaurants, 8.5% finance, 0.4% agriculture and 7.6% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in finance and real estate. According to Office for National Statistics estimates, during the period of April 2001 to March 2002 the average gross weekly income of households was £880, compared with an average of £660 in South East England. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 39.2% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[6]

Sport and leisure

Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club, formed by the merger of Totteridge Cricket Club and Old Millhillians Cricket Club over the winter of 2007/2008, forms a central part of the local community. Located just off Totteridge Green, it fields 4 teams in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League, as well as a Ladies team, a Sunday XI and a Colts section for future players, which consists of the U15 Tornadoes, U13 Warriors and the U11 Sharks.

Nature reserves

The area has a number of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation: Darland's Lake Nature Reserve, Totteridge Green, Totteridge Common, Totteridge Fields, Dollis Brook, Folly Brook and Totteridge Croft Field (or Dell's Down Acre).

Nearest tube stations

Notable residents


  1. ^ Church of England - St Andrew, Totteridge in the Diocese of St Albans
  2. ^
  3. ^ Henry Edward Manning, Catholic Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Vision of Britain - Census report - area of Totteridge parish
  5. ^ Vision of Britain - Census report - population of Totteridge parish
  6. ^ a b

External links

  • Totteridge Residents' Association
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