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