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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard

St Mary-at-Finchley Church, September 2008. Photo: S Williams

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A Norman church existed on the site from C12th but in 1872 Saxon foundations were discovered dating from an earlier church. The tower and main body are C15th with two later aisles. Bombed in WWII, the church was later restored. The churchyard is enclosed with C20th fence and iron railings, and has some good C17th and C18th tombs. An obelisk to Major John Cartwright (d.1824) was raised by public subscription and erected in 1835. The churchyard is densely shaded, and trees include ancient yew, cedar, holly, larch and hornbeam.
St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, August 2000. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, Major John Cartwright obelisk, August 2000. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, September 2008. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, September 2008. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary's Church, Finchley, undated postcard. Courtesy of Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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St Mary at Finchley, undated postcard. Courtesy of Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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Previous / Other name: Finchley Parish Church
Site location: Hendon Lane, Finchley
Postcode: N3 1TR > Google Map
Type of site: Churchyard
Date(s): C15th
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII*: St Mary's Church. LBII: chest tombs to Edward Burford, Elizabeth Norris, 2 unidentified chest tombs, Cartwright Monument, tombstones to Roberts, Sarah Gee.
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: Church: Diocese of London.
Site management: Churchyard maintained by LB Barnet, Leisure and Youth Services, Green Spaces Division
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Finchley Central (Northern) then bus. Bus: 125.
St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, August 2000. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, Major John Cartwright obelisk, August 2000. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, September 2008. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary-at-Finchley Churchyard, September 2008. Photo: S Williams
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St Mary's Church, Finchley, undated postcard. Courtesy of Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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St Mary at Finchley, undated postcard. Courtesy of Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 09/05/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.stmaryatfinchley.org.uk

Fuller information:

A Norman church existed on the site from the C12th but in 1872 Saxon foundations were discovered dating from an earlier church founded by Bishop Erkenwald of London in c.675 AD to serve workmen felling timber to build the old St Paul's Cathedral. The tower and main body of the church are C15th with two aisles, one C19th the other C20th. Bombed in World War II, the church was later restored. The oldest brass dates from c.1480, other monuments include a tiny figure of Joan Prate in a horned head-dress; Thomas White, a grocer of London kneels with 3 wives and their 13 daughters some of whom are in swaddling clothes.

The churchyard on the west and north side of the church is enclosed with C20th fence and iron railings. There are some good C18th railed tombs and C17th tombs. Trees include ancient yew trees, cedar, holly, larch and hornbeam and the churchyard is densely shaded with little grass or undergrowth. It is bisected with paths that are in frequent use for access to adjacent streets. The path skirting the west nave is of York stone paving, the rest asphalted.

The Obelisk to Major John Cartwright (d.1824) was raised by public subscription and erected in 1835. Cartwright was a radical and one of a group of brothers famous for their tracts on parish reform. John Cartwright left the Navy refusing to fight against the Americans seeking their independence, and was removed from the militia for approving the Taking of the Bastille. Others buried in the churchyard include 'Honest Tom Payne' (d.1799), a bookseller who was responsible for producing the first known list of books on sale in 1740. The tomb for Richard Norris (d.1779) has a reclining veiled woman and urn. Two good tombstones near the south door date from the 1730s with cherubs' heads, skull and hourglass.

Across the road from the church is the gothic Pardes House school, red brick with blue brick patterning and an extraordinary turret, formerly Christ's College and built in 1860/1 by Edward Roberts.

Sources consulted:

Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster' (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1972); Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998).
Grid ref: TQ249905
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On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Church End Finchley
Tree Preservation Order: Yes
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Special Archaeological Significance
Other LA designation: Article 4 Direction
   

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