Facts about Barnet
The borough was formed under the London Government Act 1963 in 1965 from the Municipal Borough of Finchley, Municipal Borough of Hendon, and the Friern Barnet Urban District of Middlesex and the East Barnet Urban District and Barnet Urban District of Hertfordshire. The Act did not include a name for the new borough. A joint committee of the councils due to be amalgamated suggested “Northgate” or “Northern Heights”.
Hendon is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, but the districts of Barnet, Edgware, and Finchley were not referred to possibly because these areas were included in other manors. In 1471 the Battle of Barnet was fought in Monken Hadley, just within the present borough’s boundary.
The London Borough of Barnet is a suburban London borough in North London. The borough was formed in 1965 from parts of the counties of Middlesex and Hertfordshire. It forms part of Outer London and is the largest London borough by population with 384,774 inhabitants, also making it the 13th largest district in England.
Barnet borders the Hertfordshire district of Hertsmere to the north and five other London boroughs: Camden and Haringey to the southeast, Enfield to the east, as well as Harrow and Brent to the west of the ancient Watling Street. The borough’s major urban settlements are Hendon, Finchley, Golders Green, Friern Barnet, Chipping Barnet, Whetstone, and Edgware.