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Finchley Parish church of St Mary, Hendon Lane, Church End (1558 - 1958)
Finchley, anc. Fyncheslee, is a pleasant village, eight miles north of London, lying between the Barnet Road and Hendon. The parish, which is very large, extending northwards about three miles from the east end of Whetstone, the greater part of which is in Finchley parish. Finchley is not mentioned in the Doomsday Survey; but from time immemorial the manor has belonged to the see of London; and King John in the first year of his reign granted to the bishop and his Finchley tenants freedom from toll, a grant that was confirmed by Charles II. A manor, called Finchley Manor, was held by the Marches and Leyndons in the 15th century and by the Comptons in the 16th. The village, called Church End, is long, rambling, still rural, and not unpicturesque, the country lanes and road changing imperceptibly into the village street; everywhere trees mingling with the houses, and the village culminating in a striking group of buildings, - the church the centre, the old part of Finchley College on one side, the new building with its tall tower - both noteworthy red-brick structures on the other. But the builder is steadily gain ground here as elsewhere. Streets, terraces, villas, and cottages are rising all around, and the outlying hamlets threaten soon to become good-sized villages. There is a little inn with a quaint garden, The King of Prussia, at Church End; but the larger house, a great favourite with holiday makers, the King's Head, is gone. Along the Barnet Road the inns are of course numerous.
Finchley church, St Mary, is of stone, perpendicular in style, and was thoroughly restored in 1872, when the plaster which previously covered it was removed, a new southern aisle added, the interior renewed and reseated, and the general appearance of the church both inside and outside much improved. It now consists of a nave with aisles, chancel, and at the western end a low battlemented tower with at the south-east angle, a good stair-turet, carried only to the second storey, and terminating in a conical stone roof; this, however, is recent work: before the restoration of the church, the turret had a very rude termination.

Other churches:
(Holdings at London
Metropolitan Archives)
All Saints, Durham Road, East Finchley N2 [1893]
Christ Church, High Road N12 [1872]
Holy Trinity, East Finchley [1845]
St John the Apostle, High Road, Whetstone N20 [1833]
St Luke, Mountfield Road, N3 [1905]
St Paul, Long Lane N3 [1886]


Christ Church North Finchley

Christ Church


St John the Apostle. Whetstone Finchley

St John the Apostle Whetstone Finchley

St John the Apostle


St Mary at Finchley Finchley


St Mary at Finchley


St Paul Long Lane Finchley


St Paul, Long Lane