Nether Street and West Finchley (Finchley N3)
Nether Street was recognised by the mid-14th century as an old street, sometimes called 'Lower Street' in later periods. Essentially an access road to properties and land, the most important of which were Moss Hall (see North Finchley) and Brent Lodge.
Brent Lodge was built on land which had been part of 'Warren’s Gift', a charitable estate, sometime between 1817 and 1824. It was a substantial property whose grounds were considerably reduced during the 1920s. The house was demolished in 1962 despite efforts by the comedian Spike Milligan. West Finchley Station was opened in 1932.
Nether Street has one claim to fame as the childhood home of the actor Terry Thomas who received some of his early education at Fernbank School in Hendon Lane. At 60 Court House Gardens is a plaque put up by the Finchley Society to Harry Beck, designer of the London Underground tube map.
West of Nether street is Dollis Brook, a tributary of the Brent. The viaduct carrying trains between Mill Hill East and Finchley Central (c1864) was designed by Sir John Fowler, and has thirteen arches. It is, at 80-feet high, the highest point above sea level on the London Underground.
The large house which is now Finchley Golf Club was originally called Nether Court. It is one of the largest old houses in the London Borough of Barnet. Built in 1883 for Mr Henry Thomas Tubbs, a Justice of the Peace, it was purchased by Hendon UDC on his death in 1917, and later became the Finchley Golf Club in 1929.
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