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Friern Barnet Photo Archive

High Road, New Southgate
The Friern Barnet Photo Archive
High Road, New Southgate

This is the junction of High Road, New Southgate and Friern Barnet Road, c1965, during demolition of the houses here.
Picture added on 15 September 2011 at 17:47
This building used to be the H.Q. of the Homeguard during WW2
Added by David Mitchell on 25 October 2011
In the Kellys Street Directory for 1929 the house being demolished (no.2 Friern Barnet Road) was listed as High School for Girls. In the 1930s the name was changed to Betstyle Girls School, and in 1939 it appears to be a private house.
Added by Colin Barratt on 21 May 2014
I lived in this house in the 1940s till 1960 s, I have photos of us in the garden which was very big
Added by Pat Lillis on 24 October 2014
Fascinating collection of photographs of a much-altered area. I've only lived in New Southgate for 15 years, so much of this is new to me. It did strike me that - with a High Road and 3 churches - the area must at one time have been a busy and thriving high street. Was it the Luftwaffe or the post-war planners who did most damage?!

Regarding this photo above (no.2927), I'm trying to get my bearings. Is this near the WW2 bombsite and site of Gerald Massey's house, with the arch of the former church in the landscaped public garden?
Added by Christopher Josiffe on 02 December 2015
Christopher, this photo shows Friern Barnet Road running left to right, from Betstyle Circus, and the top of the High Road joining it. The High Road was indeed a major shopping hub for many years. If you search the gallery for High Road, New Southgate you will see some of the photos of the shops which used to line it. The house on the far left was lived in by the manager of the waterworks, near to Grove Road. When the waterworks was demolished, Massey Close was built over the site, and named after Gerald Massey, who used to live in Grove Road. The arch at the side of the newly landscaped area, the "Bombie", had nothing to do with the former Baptist Church. It may have been in the garden of the house which was demolished by bombing in WW2, as shown on the information board there. This corner was one of several areas badly damaged in WW2, but most of the destruction of this central part of New Southgate was down to the planned re-development in the 1970s.
Added by Colin Barratt on 03 December 2015
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