infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
postcode_district= N2, N3, N12
constituency_westminster= Finchley & Golders Green
Finchley is a place in the
London Borough of Barnet, London, England. It is predominantly a residential area with a number of retail districts. Finchley is regarded as a well-to-do area Fact|date=September 2008 boasting of some of the most expensive property in London. It is home to the world renowned The Bishops Avenue.
Location and divisions
Situated in the north of London, Finchley is divided into four areas:
East Finchley, roughly the area between Highgateand the North Circular Road, and in postal area N2;
Church End Finchley, often known as "Finchley Central", the area west of the North Circular Road, centred around Ballards Lane and Finchley Central tube station, and in postcode district N3;
West Finchley, the area around West Finchley tube station, and in postcode district N3; and
North Finchley, the area surrounding Tally-Ho Corner, stretching west to Woodside Parkand the Northern Line, in postcode district N12.
The area of London known as "Finchley Road", around
Finchley Road tube station, is not part of Finchley, but instead refers to a commercial district in Swiss Cottage, Camden. The area is named after a section of the A41 road, which eventually runs north to Finchley.
Culture and sports
Finchley has an active local arts scene which is publicised by
Barnet Borough Arts Council.The Phoenix Cinemain East Finchley is one of the oldest purpose-built cinemas in the UK. The Arts Depotat Tally Ho Corner North Finchley opened in Autumn 2004.
Finchley has two active orchestras and two choirs. The principal orchestra is the Finchley Chamber Orchestra [http://www.finchleychamber.org FCO] , conducted by David Lardi. The other community orchestra is the [http://www.tudorOrchestra.org.uk Tudor Orchestra] ; both orchestras rehearse at Trinity Church Centre N12 7NN, close to the Tally Ho bus terminus, the FCO on Thursday nights and the Tudor Orchestra on Monday nights. The two choirs are the Finchley Chamber Choir (FCC) [http://www.fcchoir.co.uk/ FCC] , again conducted by David Lardi, and the larger Finchley Choral Society conducted by Grace Rossiter. The FCC also rehearses at the Trinity Church Centre (Tuesday evenings) whilst The Finchley Choral Society [http://www.finchleychoral.org.uk/ FCS] rehearses at Moss Hall School, Nether Street, West Finchley, N3 1NR, on Monday nights.
There is also a Finchley Children's Music Group (youth choir) [http://www.fcmg.org.uk FCMG] .
[http://www.guildplayers.org.uk The Guild Players] are Finchley's amateur drama group, based at Finchley Methodist Church in Ballards Lane.
[http://www.finchleycinevideo.co.uk Finchley Cinevideo Society] (FCS) is one of the country's oldest movie-making clubs - founded in 1930. It still meets weekly in North Finchley.
[http://finchleygamesclub.org Finchley Games Club] meets every Thursday evening to play board games, role-playing, collectible card games, etc.
The local football team is
Wingate & Finchleywho play in the Southern League Eastern Division. It was founded as a specifically Jewishfootball club in 1946. The local rugby team is [http://www.finchleyrfc.co.uk/ Finchley RFC] .
Finchley Cricket Club (founded 1832) is one of the most successful clubs in London and play in the Middlesex Premier League. They play at Arden Field, East End Road, N3. (www.finchleycricket.com).
Victoria Park is located in Ballards Lane between North Finchley and Finchley Central. It was opened in 1902 and was intended to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and was Finchley's first Public Park.
Finchley was from 1959 to 1992 the Parliamentary
constituencyof Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdomfrom 1979 to 1990.
Since 1963 Finchley has been twinned with
Notable people associated with Finchley
McFly, UK band
Fleur Adcock, poet
Harry Beck, designer of the original Tube map
Emma Bunton, singer
Charles Dickens, novelist
Samantha Fox, UK model and singer
Robert Fripp, musician
Octavia Hill, social reformer
David Jason, actor
Stephen Merchant, actor/director/writer/comedian
George Michael, singer and songwriter
Spike Milligan, comedian
Eric Morecambe, comedian
Tim Parks, novelist (his semi-autobiographical "Tongues of Flame" is set in the North Finchley of 1968).
* Anna, movie actor.
Will Self, novelist, reviewer and columnist
Peter Sellers, comedian
Feargal Sharkey, singer
Jerry Springer, born at East Finchley Station during the war
Steven Stapleton, musician
Owen Suffolk, Australian transported convictand bushranger- born in Finchley in 1777
Margaret Thatcher, local MP and Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979-1990
Alan Tilvern, actor
Tamás Vásáry, pianist and conductor.
Reece Shearsmith, actor and member of " The League of Gentlemen".
Steve Pemberton, actor and member of " The League of Gentlemen".
Tony Maudsley, actor.
William Shee, the first Roman Catholic judgeto sit in England and Walessince the Reformation.
Perhaps because of its rather ordinary, middle-class suburban image, a number of fictional characters have been associated with the area, including:
* Bluebottle, a character in the 1950s
BBCradio series " The Goon Show", hails from Finchley.
* In the 2005 film "",
Susan Pevensiesays that she and her siblings, Peter, Edmund, and Lucy, are from Finchley, despite no mention of Finchley being made in C. S. Lewis's book.
Transport and locale
Mill Hill East
Nearest tube stations
Finchley Central tube station
West Finchley tube station
Mill Hill East tube station
Woodside Park tube station
East Finchley tube station
Brent Cross tube station
Hendon Central tube station
Golders Green tube station
Totteridge and Whetstone tube station
All the above stations are on the
Northern Lineof the London Undergroundsystem.
* [http://www.finchleygallery.com/finchley.htm Paintings of Finchley by the late Paul Smyth founder of the Finchley Art Society]
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