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Histories

The Victoria County History describes the history of Barnet Town, East Barnet, and Totteridge, and Monken Hadley in some detail. The area formally known as Mimmside (that part of Barnet Town west of the High Street and north of Union Street) was part of South Mimms.

Maps

Motco's Cary's 15 Miles around London (1786), is at one inch to the mile, and gives an interesting overview of the Barnet Town and Arkley, East Barnet and Totteridge.

For 1870s Victorian Ordnance Survey maps there is www.old-maps.co.uk. These are slow to download, but can be searched using postcode and place name. There are also www.british-history.ac.uk versions of Ordnance Survey maps which are quicker to open.

Directories

The University of Leicester has made its collection of directories available online. There are four Kelly's Directories which cover the Barnet area (including Hadley, Arkley and Totteridge). Each has a description of Barnet at the time the directory was published, with a limited list of private residents, and then a list of tradespeople, including shopkeepers.

Pictures

There are now a number of very good online libraries providing historical pictures of the Barnet area. Simply use the search facility with words like: Barnet, Arkley, Totteridge, and other relevant search terms.

For the 18th and 19th centuries try Collage for images from from the Guildhall Library, London. For Edwardian and 1920s postcards and images try Memories.

For 20th century images try Corbis Picture Library and the new 20th Century London with pictures from the Museum of London, and the London Transport Museum.

Francis Frith provides images from the post World War Two period.

For films from 1910 to the 1960s try British-Pathe.

Books

'Barnet Past' Pamela Taylor, Historical Publications, 2002
'Finchley and Friern Barnet; a Pictorial History' Joanna Corden and Pamela Taylor, Phillimore and Co. Ltd, 1994
'Barnet in Old Photographs' compiled by Ian Norrie, Barnet and District Historical Society, 1993
'Historic Barnet' W.H Gelder, 1984

Contacts

  • Local Studies Centre
  • Hendon Library (first floor), The Burroughs, London NW4 4BQ
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  • Tel: 020 8359 3960
  • Email: library.archives@barnet.gov.uk

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