South Barnet

South Barnet, Barnet

An infrequently used name for the far south-eastern corner of Barnet, bordering Southgate’s Osidge

Hidden London: South Barnet - Pymmes Brook and West Walk

South Bar­net was for­mer­ly also known as Sans or Sarnes Bar­net – that is, ‘with­out (mean­ing ‘out­side’) Bar­net’. Sar­nets Bar­net was a delight­ful alter­na­tive ver­sion.

Dur­ing the 12th cen­tu­ry the Bish­op of Lon­don gave South Bar­net to the Order of the Hos­pi­tal of St John of Jerusalem, as part of their hold­ings at Friern Bar­net. The endow­ment was con­firmed by King John in a char­ter of 1199.

When sub­ur­ban devel­op­ment began here at the end of the 19th cen­tu­ry South Bar­net gained its own church, St Michael’s, on the Brunswick Park estate. The St Albans dio­cese decid­ed not to fund the pro­posed church’s pro­posed enlarge­ment in 1936 and the mat­ter went no fur­ther. In 1972 the parish was bro­ken up and incor­po­rat­ed into the four neigh­bour­ing parish­es. The church was demol­ished and in 1977 the Church Com­mis­sion­ers cleared the site and sold the land for hous­ing. Thus end­ed the inde­pen­dent his­to­ry of South Bar­net; most locals now con­sid­er their homes to be in East Bar­net or Brunswick Park.

The area is rel­a­tive­ly pros­per­ous and a high pro­por­tion of house­holds has access to a car or two. When Park­side Gar­dens and Brook­side South were made part of the new No. 382 bus route in 2003, more than 200 res­i­dents signed a peti­tion (vain­ly) oppos­ing the ser­vice.

Postcode area: Barnet EN4