Barnet History

Friday, 16 December 2016 13:31

Barnet Museum’s future assured

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After years of uncertainty about its future, Barnet Museum is finally being promised security of tenure – a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rent.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:01

BBC4 joins hunt for Barnet battle site

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Two promising pointers towards locating the precise site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet were examined in the final television programme of the current archaeological series, Digging for Britain on BBC4.

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:22

The bustle of Barnet 120 years ago

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A unique, almost-forgotten tape recording gives a fascinating eye-witness account of every-day life in Barnet at the turn of the century before last, when horse-drawn coaches, traps and wagons filled the High Street, long before the arrival of the motor car.

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After an extensive search with metal detectors a highly-experienced team of military archaeologists has unearthed a host of medieval items that might be linked to the 1471 Battle of Barnet.

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:35

Was Kitts End closest to the Battle of Barnet?

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A survey to assess the size and shape of the lost hamlet of Kitts End could assist the ongoing archaeological investigation to determine the precise site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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Friday, 01 April 2016 17:31

Search for Battle of Barnet chapel

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A series of test pits are to be dug on land inside Wrotham Park as part of an investigation to locate the possible site a chapel that was erected to commemorate men killed in the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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Monday, 21 March 2016 10:30

A peep inside physic well

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 Visitors queued up for opening time at Barnet’s historic well house – not for a drink, but a rare chance to descend the twelve steps to see the tanks of the old physic well.

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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 11:47

A chance to see – but not to taste

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Barnet’s historic physic well, visited by Samuel Pepys, will be open to the public on Saturday 19 March offering a rare chance to walk down the brick-built stairway to see the tanks filled by spring water.

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Monday, 08 February 2016 09:09

Right-to-buy almshouses put to rest

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A question mark hanging over the future ownership of Barnet’s many historic almshouses has finally been resolved after the government gave an assurance they would not be included in the extension of the right-to-buy scheme for housing tenants.

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Monday, 01 February 2016 11:30

New site of Battle of Barnet?

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Farmland to the west of Wrotham Park, alongside Kitts End Lane and the St Albans Road, is emerging as a likely site of the Battle of Barnet.

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Friday, 20 November 2015 11:41

A Barnet business start up that changed the world

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It is not well enough known that British cinema was born in Chipping Barnet 120 years ago.  Moving images were then as revolutionary as virtual reality seems now.

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 14:52

Battle of Barnet coins found

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A medieval silver farthing that might have been in use at the time of the Battle of Barnet of 1471 is the most dramatic find discovered so far during searches with metal detectors on farm-land beside Kitts End Lane.

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Sunday, 01 November 2015 13:53

Painted tiles depicting dairy maid date from 1910

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When workmen removed the last wooden panels covering up tiling on the walls of 89 High Street, Barnet, they were able to solve the mystery surrounding the painting of a dairy maid.

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Sunday, 18 October 2015 09:36

Barnet jugs found in Formby

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 Two Victorian measuring jugs from a former public house in High Barnet have turned up mysteriously in the archives of St Peter’s Church at Formby on Merseyside.

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Monday, 12 October 2015 19:26

Dairy maid reappears

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A set of painted wall tiles revealed during building work at 89 High Street Barnet depict a dairy maid holding her pail, with cows and chickens in the background.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 20:39

Battle of Barnet metal detecting starts

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A training weekend for local metal dectorists in a freshly ploughed field off Kitts End Lane has kicked off an archaeological investigation to determine the precise site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 15:24

Barnet to match Tewkesbury’s banners?

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Decorating the High Street with the banners of medieval noblemen might be one of the ways to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Barnet of 1471 if support can be obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Friday, 28 August 2015 17:21

Queen Elizabeth's Girls’ School

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Queen Elizabeth I’s charter of 1573 provided for ‘boys and youth’, but it was not until 1888 that Barnet got a school for girls.  Its oldest buildings are not just a gentle monument to a pioneering educational movement, but fine examples of the Arts and Crafts style.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:50

The Battle of Barnet Project

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A re-enactment of scenes from a medieval battlefield was the highlight of the official launch of the Battle of Barnet Project – a two-year survey to determine the exact site of one of the grisliest battles of the Wars of the Roses.

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Monday, 13 April 2015 15:23

Physic well at risk?

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Torchlight tour of Barnet’s historic physic well but is another historic building at risk?  Local residents had a rare opportunity to see inside Barnet’s historic physic well when Barnet Museum organised an open day at the well house, a short walk from Barnet Hospital.

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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:34

George V plaques

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Barnet Society member Sheila Durchslag has issued an alert over two missing George V plaques from the entrance to the fields off Barnet Lane.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2015 19:47

Battle of Barnet investigation go-ahead

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Military archaeologists from Huddersfield University hope to start work in May surveying the possible site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471, in preparation for a full-scale investigation.

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Monday, 09 February 2015 19:58

Plans for Barnet golf course

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Consultations have started on proposals to redevelop part of the course of the Old Fold Manor Golf Club, across land that is currently included in the registered site of the Battle of Barnet.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:04

Another round for Battle of Barnet funding

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Barnet Museum is to take the lead in a fresh application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant towards the cost of an archaeological dig to determine the site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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A Battle of Barnet heritage trail starting at Hadley Highstone is just one of the ambitious plans for providing a lasting legacy if funding can be obtained from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an archaeological excavation of the battlefield site.

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Barnet Museum is drawing up plans for a possible extension to its Wood Street premises and a programme of community activities if the go-ahead is given for an archaeological excavation on the site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet.

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Saturday, 26 July 2014 10:42

Milestone for the almshouses

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Descendants of the family that established the Thomas Watson Cottage Homes, which are tucked away at the end of Leecroft Road, have unveiled a commemorative stone to mark their centenary.

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Friday, 04 July 2014 18:13

The generosity of Barnet’s benefactors

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Tucked away at the end of Leecroft Road, unseen by many local residents, are the Thomas Watson Cottage Homes, which celebrate their centenary this July.  Barnet’s charitable housing for the poor and elderly has a long and distinguished history, and a special place in the local townscape.

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Two local history projects connecting Barnet’s past to the present day have been officially unveiled at Barnet Museum as part of its annual Tea in the Park celebration in Courthouse Gardens.  

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 08:25

Wood Street’s whalebones - 75 years in situ

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Seventy-five years ago workmen from a local building contractor, W. Foster & Sons, were asked to complete a highly unusual task: they had to restore the unique appearance of one of Chipping Barnet’s oldest residences.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 18:24

New bid for Battle of Barnet excavation

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Glenn Foard, a celebrated military archaeologist, is to spend a day assessing the prospects for a new bid to obtain funding for an archaeological excavation to determine the precise site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Age shall not weary them

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Local historians are busy researching the lives of Barnet men who lost their lives in the First World War.  The aim is to compile as many life histories as possible in support of a special exhibition which is being organised by Barnet Museum to commemorate the centenary of the Great War.

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Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:13

Battle of Barnet dig - will Boris intervene?

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Hopes have been dashed of getting approval for an early start to an archaeological excavation to determine the precise site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471.   An application for funding has been rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 20:16

Backing for Battle of Barnet dig

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A final decision is expected by the end of January on the extent of financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of an archaeological excavation to determine the precise site of the Battle of Barnet of 1471.

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Wednesday, 08 January 2014 13:43

Barnet’s historic physic well now sad and forlorn

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Is Barnet in danger of losing another historic link with the past?  The well house protecting the town’s famous physic well is looking decidedly the worse for wear. 

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Sunday, 15 December 2013 16:41

Theresa Villiers opposes golf course landfill

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Local residents who are against plans for tree-felling and landfill on the site of Old Fold Manor Golf Club off Hadley Green have been promised the support of the Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 11:27

Golf club wins first round in new Battle of Barnet

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If planning approval can be obtained, Barnet Council will allow landfill to be used to re-contour a golf course at Monken Hadley over what is thought to be part of the Battle of Barnet site.

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Thursday, 24 October 2013 13:18

The new Battle of Barnet?

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A plan to deposit landfill on the golf course that takes in part of the site of the Battle of Barnet has alarmed the Battlefields Trust. Old Fold Manor Golf Club at Monken Hadley is drawing up proposals to re-landscape the 900 yard stretch of the course which runs parallel to the St Albans Road.

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013 01:00

Archaeologists to find real site of Battle of Barnet

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An application is to be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund to see if it would agree to pay for an archaeological dig to try to locate the precise site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet. Glenn Foard, a landscape archaeologist who led the survey to determine the location of the Battle of Bosworth, would carry out the excavation on behalf of the Battlefields Trust.

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Monday, 10 September 2012 01:00

Barnet Museum

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Barnet Museum has been fighting for its life since December 2010 when the Council announced that it would be withdrawing its funding.

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