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East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

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. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Transport

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 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 tube station to match the archer at East Finchley, but this was stolen not long after the station was opened. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Housing

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 ten-storey tower blocks of Prospect Ring, near to the centre of East Finchley, are visible for miles around. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Schools

East Finchley has several state primary schools, including Our Lady Of Lourdes RC primary school, [http://www.martinprimary.barnet.sch.uk/ Martin Primary School] (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, East Finchley (boys only up to Year 11, mixed sixth form. [http://thearcheracademy.org.uk/ The Archer Academy], a new non-denominational, non-selective community secondary school 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. [http://www.hgsi.ac.uk/ The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute's] new facilities are on the High Road. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Geography

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|Northwest = Church End, Barnet
|North = North Finchley
|Northeast = Friern Barnet
|West = Temple Fortune
|Centre = East Finchley
|East = Muswell Hill
|Southwest = Hampstead Garden Suburb
|South = Highgate
|Southeast = Fortis Green
}} East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Amenities and features

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 (company), 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."Kermode, Mark. ''It's Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive''. London: Random House, 2010; page 26.

There is a listed Georgian architecture public List of libraries in Barnet located on the High Road opposite Leslie Road. Behind the library are some award-winning Allotment (gardening), 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.

Opposite the tube station is Cherry Tree Wood, approx. 4.5 Hectare 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. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Media

''The Archer'', founded in the 1990s by Andrew Taylor, is East Finchley's free monthly community newspaper, run by volunteers. It takes its name from the eponymous statue at East Finchley tube station. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

Notable people

Peter Sellers lived with his mother at 211b High Road, and in his Goon Show persona as Bluebottle was usually referred to as an East Finchley boy scout.http://barnet4u.co.uk George Michael, the 1980s singer was born in Church Lane.[http://barnet4u.co.uk Front Page Barnet4U] Sir Ronald Fisher was born in East Finchley. Gracie Fields lived in The Bishop's Avenue. Thomas Pierrepoint, 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.

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. East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

See also

*The Bishops Avenue
*Hampstead Garden Suburb
*Highgate East Finchley is an area in the London Borough of Barnet, in north London, and situated 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 Church End, Barnet to the west.

References

Category:Districts of Barnet
Category:Areas of London