Ballards Lane

Ballards Lane, Barnet

A busy road linking Finchley Central with North Finchley

Sunset on Ballards Lane

This was an impor­tant medieval thor­ough­fare, named after a fam­i­ly who were liv­ing here in 1263. It was orig­i­nal­ly called Over­street, con­trast­ing it with Nether Street, which ran in par­al­lel to the west. The estate of Bal­lards Red­ing, lat­er Wim­bush Farm, stretched across to Fal­low Cor­ner.

By the 15th cen­tu­ry large hous­es set in spa­cious grounds were appear­ing along the lane. Many of these prop­er­ties were rebuilt in the 17th cen­tu­ry.

With the con­struc­tion of Regent’s Park Road the lane became a turn­pike in 1826 and was extend­ed to a new junc­tion with the Great North Road, bring­ing an increase in devel­op­ment. By 1851 the lane had 56 hous­es and sev­en under con­struc­tion, which was pos­i­tive­ly heav­ing for such a rur­al out­post of Lon­don at this time, and made it the most pop­u­lous part of Finch­ley.

Most of Bal­lards Lane was rebuilt again from the ear­ly years of the 20th cen­tu­ry onwards, much of it with parades of shops and flats.

The sur­round­ing area has become pop­u­lar with London’s Japan­ese com­mu­ni­ty and Bal­lards Lane has sev­er­al sup­pli­ers of goods and ser­vices tar­get­ed at this mar­ket.

Postal districts: N3 and N12
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