Barnet, London Borough Genealogy

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Guide to London Borough of Barnett history, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

caption Borough of Barnett


History[edit | edit source]

Coat of arms of Borough of Barnett
Barnett within Greater London
Barnett Council Logo

The London Borough of Barnet is a suburban London borough in North London, England, with some districts within North West London forming part of Outer London. It is the second largest London borough by population with 379,700 inhabitants and covers an area of 86.74 square kilometres (33 sq mi), the fourth highest. It borders Hertfordshire to the north and five other London boroughs: Harrow and Brent to the west, Camden and Haringey to the south-east and Enfield to the east. The borough was formed in 1965 from parts of the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire. The local authority is Barnet London Borough Council, based in Hendon.

The district originally consisted of parts of the parishes of Chipping Barnet in Hertfordshire, and Monken Hadley and South Mimms in Middlesex. The Local Government Act 1888 adjusted the county boundaries in 1889, so that the entire district was in Hertfordshire; forming part of a long, thin protrusion into Middlesex surrounded by that county on two sides, to the north and south.

The place name Barnet is derived from the Old English bærnet meaning "Land cleared by burning".[1]

The area covered by the modern borough has a long history. Evidence of 1st-century Roman pottery manufacturing has been found at Brockley Hill and Roman coins from the 3rd and 4th centuries were found at Burnt Oak. Both sites are on the Roman road Watling Street from London (Londinium) and St Albans (Verulamium) which now forms the western border of the borough. [2]

Because of the typical bureaucratic hacking of ancient boundaries all in the name of modernization, genealogists will need to be aware that older records could be found under the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, as well as encroaching into the former environs of the previous Greater London.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries (Civil)[edit | edit source]

Hendon cemetery and crematorium
Holders Hill Rd
London NW7 1NB
Phone: +44 20 8359 3370

New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium
Brunswick Park Rd
New Southgate
London N11 1JJ
Phone: +44 20 8361 1713

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Parishes[edit | edit source]

Finchley Christ Church, Barnet
Church address:
St Albans Rd
Barnet EN5 4LA
Phone: +44 20 8449 0832

Hendon Christ Church

Hendon St Alphage

Hendon St Barnabas

Hendon St Paul Mill Hill

Hendon St Mary

Holy Trinity, Lyonsdown
Church address:
18 Lyonsdown Rd
New Barnet, Barnet EN5 1JE
Phone: +44 20 8216 3786

St Margaret of Antioch
Church address:
1 Station Rd
Edgware HA8 7JE
Phone: +44 20 8952 4066

St Peter's
Church address:
113 Barnet Rd
Watford EN5 3FJ
Phone: +44 20 8449 0980

St John the Baptist
Church address:
Church House
2 Wood St
Barnet EN5 4BW
Phone: +44 20 8447 0350

St Mary the Virgin
Church address:
Church Hill Rd
Barnet EN4 8XD

St Mark's
Church address:
56 Pearson Cl
Barnet EN5 5HY
Phone: +44 20 8440 7490

St Paul's
Church address:
Woodland Rd
Arnos Grove N11 1PN
Phone: +44 20 8361 1946

All Saints
Church address:
122 Oakleigh Rd N
London N20 9EZ
Phone: +44 20 8445 8388

St Mary the Virgin
Church address:
Hadley Green Rd
Barnet EN5 5PZ
Phone: +44 20 8449 9441

St Stephen's
Church address:
150 Bells Hill
Barnet EN5 2SL, UK

Oakleigh
Church address:
168-170 Oakleigh Rd N
London N20 0UG
Phone: +44 20 8368 4021

St James the Great
Church address:
Friary Rd
London N20 0NP

St Mary-at-Finchley
Church address:
26 Hendon Ln
London N3 1TR
Phone: +44 20 8248 3818

St Luke

Christ Church
Church address:
The Green
Arnos Grove N14 7EG
Phone: +44 20 8886 0384

Non Conformists[edit | edit source]

Other Christian and non Christian religious groups follow:

  • Baptists
  • Evangelical
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Christian Spiritualist
  • Evangelical
  • Greek Orthodox
  • Iglesia na Christi (Phillipine)
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Roman Catholic

Non Christian populations include:

  • Buddhists
  • Hindu
  • Jews
  • Muslims
  • Sikhs

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the UK government, from July 1837 to the present day.

Barnet has its own BMD records office, as follows:

Barnet Register Office
Town Hall
The Burroughs
London NW4 4BG
Phone: +44 20 8359 6400

Another useful site follows:

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

All the major London dailies cover Barnet.

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Barnet is essentially welded to the City of London, and, as such, offers opportunities in the major fields of banking, finance, insurance,stockbroking, education, and governance. It is, however, a community of haves and have-nots, with many menial positions catering to the larger offices. There are also many positions available in the hotel and food industries.[3]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "London Borough of Barnet," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Borough_of_Barnet, accessed 19 April, 2018.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Barneet Urban District," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnet_Urban_District, accessed 19 April, 2018.
  3. indeed.co.uk,https://www.indeed.co.uk/The-London-Borough-of-Barnet-jobs-in-Hendon, accessed 24 April, 2018