Barnet – Thursday 8th December 2022

Barnet (officially High Barnet or Chipping Barnet) is a market town in North London, at the northern end of the High Barnet branch of the Northern line.  The cockney rhyming slang for ‘hair’ comes from Barnet (Fair)!  Famous people born in Barnet include cricketer Phil ‘The Cat’ Tufnell, actress Stephanie Beecham, musician Mike Skinner (The Streets) and presenter Mark Kermode.  The Waterstones is located in a modern shopping centre in the Spire shopping centre just off the High Street. 

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Barnet map

The Tudor Hall (pictured below) was part of the Queen Elizabeth Free Grammar school and was used as a classroom until 1932, when the school relocated.  The building became a meeting room for the Jesus Hospital Charity until 1958 when it passed to Hertfordshire Council and became part of Barnet College.  These days it’s used for weddings and other celebrations.

Barnet has a small museum which looks very interesting on their website, but unfortunately it was closed when we were there, which was a shame, as we’d have liked to visit.

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