Newlands, Barnet

An upmarket enclave in north-west Edgware, squeezed between the A5 and the A41 near the foot of Brockley Hill

A pricy house in Newlands, Barnet, by Hidden London

The locality’s name may refer to land newly brought into agricul­tural use, perhaps in the early 16th century.

The open land of Newlands belongs to All Souls College, Oxford – as it has done for centuries – while the resid­ential part consists of Pipers Green Lane and a handful of branching cul-de-sacs, accessed from Brockley Hill. Roman cremation burials were found in 1953 at Pipers Green Lane.

Most of the properties in Newlands are of the ‘luxury executive’ type, with some showy neo-Georgian frills. Several of the newest homes boast very substantial propor­tions. A couple of houses distin­guish themselves by their pleasing use of weather­boarding. There’s a great deal of greenery every­where.

Pipers Green Lane continues as a tree-lined footpath beside what used to be Edgwarebury golf course and is now Lost Jungle, an Aztec-themed ‘adventure golf course’.

Postcode area: Edgware, HA8