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East Finchley

East Finchley

East Finchley High Road looking south towards the tube station
East Finchley is located in Greater London
East Finchley
East Finchley
 East Finchley 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 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

East Finchley is an area 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.


  • History 1
  • Transport 2
  • Housing 3
  • Schools 4
  • Geography 5
  • Amenities and features 6
  • Media 7
  • Literary references 8
  • Notable people 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11


East ward of Finchley Urban District in the 1930s
Wards of Finchley Municipal Borough in the 1950s

The land on which most of East Finchley now stands was once part of the Bishop of London's hunting ground, named Finchley Common, first recorded around 1400. The Bishop of London built a road through his land which weaved through what is now Market Place, The Walks, King Street and Oak Lane up to the north. As a result, pubs such as The White Lion, The Bald Faced Stag and The Five Bells (on East End Road), all of which survive today, sprung up to provide rest for the people using the road. The area of "East Finchley Village" around Church Lane was west of the common and Bulls Lane (now Church Lane) dates back to at least 17th century. With the coming of the Great Northern Railway in 1868 the area began to emerge, and property was built gradually between the 1870s and the 1930s. However, it was not until 1914 that a more recognisable East Finchley High Road and surrounding area was visible.


East Finchley tube station is marked by a well-known statue of an archer by Eric Aumonier in the Art Deco style. The archer is pointing his arrow towards the entrance to the tunnel which starts south of the station and runs for 17.3 miles (27.8 km) to the end of the Northern line at Morden. For many years this was the longest tunnel 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. The station is on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line which serves the city (via Bank) and the west end (via Charing Cross) with trains every 2-3 minutes southbound. Buses also serve the high street with the 263 route going from Barnet Hospital to Highbury Barn the 143 bus linking East Finchley to Archway and Brent Cross also the same with the 102 bus from Edmonton Green and 234 going Barnet the Spires from Highgate Wood.


Housing in East Finchley is diverse in its nature, encompassing many housing styles, from 19th-century terraced housing and 1960s council estates to large 30s houses to multi-million pound mansions on The Bishop's Avenue. The three eleven-storey tower blocks of Prospect Ring, near to the centre of East Finchley, are visible for miles around.


East Finchley has several state primary schools, including Our Lady Of Lourdes RC primary school, Martin Primary School[1] (Ofsted Outstanding), 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. The Archer Academy, a new non-denominational, non-selective community secondary school[2] will be opening in East Finchley in September 2013 and is already oversubscribed. 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. The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute's[3] new facilities are on the High Road.


Amenities and features

The Phoenix Cinema

The independent Phoenix Cinema (once called the Rex and before that the Coliseum) 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."[4]

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  1. ^ Martin Primary School
  2. ^ The Archer Academy
  3. ^ The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute
  4. ^ Kermode, Mark. It's Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive. London: Random House, 2010; page 26.
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See also

East Finchley is currently home to many actors, including Steve McFadden, Sophie Thompson, Carolyn Pickles, and Michelle Collins.

The poet, playwright and educator Clive Sansom was born in East Finchley in 1910. The musical comedy actress and picture postcard beauty Marie Studholme lived and died at Croftway in Finchley Road and Studholme Court was named after her. Jerry Springer was born in East Finchley tube station in 1944 when his parents lived at Belvedere Court.

, the official British hangman in the early 1900s lived in Huntingdon Road, by chance not far where the 18th-century gibbet stood in Lincoln Road. Thomas Pierrepoint lived in The Bishop's Avenue. Gracie Fields was born in East Finchley. Ronald Fisher Sir [10]

Biologist and statistician Ronald Fisher

Notable people

In Evelyn Waugh's novel Scoop Lord Copper, owner of the newspaper The Beast, lived in East Finchley. "That evening, Mr Salter, foreign editor of The Beast was summoned to dinner at his chief's country seat at East Finchley".[8]

Literary references

The Archer, founded in the 1990s by Andrew Taylor, is East Finchley's free monthly community newspaper, run by volunteers.[7] It takes its name from the eponymous statue at East Finchley tube station.


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.

is buried there. Ford Madox Brown is located on the High Road. Established in 1854, it is the oldest municipal cemetery in London and the largest. The Victorian painter St. Pancras and Islington Cemetery, owned by Barnet Council. Adjacent to these are the Fuelland allotments which are held in trust. The massive allotments located on the High Road opposite Leslie Road. Behind the library are some award-winning library public [6][5]

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