Strawberry Vale Brook/Bounds Green Brook
The Brook flows north and east and it is met
by the Coppetts Brook from the south.
Post to the south Coldfall Woods
Post to the east Colney Hatch Asylum
Tudor route to the North. This was a
hamlet in 1409 and the hatch referred to may have been a gate into Hollick Wood
a sluice on the brook
Services depot site. This was a parcels depot and opened in 1976 and then sold
off by Thatcher. Formerly a
depot for Manchester based hauliers, Fisher Renwick.
Cemetery Gates – modern, low
brick entrance area
Strawberry Vale Brook enters a
culvert near the cemetery gates and heads under the North Circular Road.
Remnant of Finchley Common on a hilltop - and
rumoured to be a pagan site. Ancient
Woodland with coppiced Oak, hazel, hornbeam and sweet chestnut. This area was once wood pasture, a
way of tree management on common land. In
1885 this area was purchased the Finchley local authority in order to build
during the Second World War.
Tank traps – this is in the South part of the wood and date from the Second World War. They were to have been put across
Colney Hatch Lane and Finchley High road and filled with rubble
District council sewage works. Built in 1885 and Closed in 1963 and part of the
woodland. Gasometer is marked on the map. This
is the area now called “scrublands”. During the mid 1960s it was used as an
waste infill site resulting in a mound which reached 25 feet
Open Space. Green
North Circular Road
this stretch is Pinkham Way and Bobby Moore Way
civic amenity site
Compton School. This is
an ‘academy’ on the site of Finchley Manorhill School, which was rebranded as Compton
School in 1992. Finchley Manorhill was itself an amalgamation of three existing
secondary schools in 1971
Pub. This was probably owned by the Flower Pot Brewery. The pub is said to have
been named for a Triumphal arch of flowers built for Prince Albert to pass through in his
carriage on his way to open the Colney Hatch Asylum in 1851. The pub sign said ‘Our
hearts thy throne’. Closed.
This used to be
called Dunger Place after Henry Dunger, who owned the “Flower Pot brewery”
which was in operation between 1830s and 1870 and was very small.
St.Pancras and Islington Cemetery
Brook and Strawberry Vale Brook meet in the cemetery near the corner of High
Wood web site
and Bell Haringey’s Hidden Streams
School Wikipedia web site
Borough of Barnet web site