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New Barnet owes its conception to the building of the Great Northern Railway in 1850, when a station serving High Barnet was built, but located about a mile away from the town centre of High Barnet, so that this 'new' area quickly saw development. The main road (A110), Station Road and East Barnet Road, connects Barnet to East Barnet and is well served by buses.
From 1894 New Barnet formed part of the East Barnet Urban District of Hertfordshire until 1965 when it was transferred from Hertfordshire to Greater London to become part of the newly created London Borough of Barnet. The former town hall still stands in Station Road. Local government use ended in the early 1990s and the property was sold off for use as a restaurant. In 2006 the building was converted into flats.
The main commercial area in New Barnet is on East Barnet Road, near the railway station. A number of office blocks were built in Station Road in the 1960s & 70s. Some have now been converted to flats. A large Sainsbury's supermarket (opened 30 September 1980) is surrounded by a cluster of small independent shops. These local shops are under threat of demolition from large schemes planned by Tesco and Asda stores. Although there is some local concern about the two planned developments, many residents have noted that the town centre urgently requires some sort of redevelopment.
Other shops and facilities include PureGym, Tesco Express, Majestic Wine, The Party Shop, Bikestrobe, Ink n Toner, Bodens Performing Arts.
Churches include: Anglican St James's (East Barnet Road), St Mark's (Potters Road), Holy Trinity (Corner of Lyonsdown and Somerset Roads); Catholic Mary Immaculate & St Peter (Somerset Road); United Reformed Church St John's(Corner of Somerset and Mowbray Roads); Quaker Friends' Meeting (Leicester Road).
- East Barnet Ward
- High Barnet Ward
- Oakleigh Ward
London Buses serving New Barnet are:
not a London bus route
|New Barnet||St Albans||Metroline|
|184||Barnet||Turnpike Lane Station||Arriva London|
|326||Barnet||Brent Cross||London Sovereign|
|383||Barnet||Woodside Park||Uno (bus company)|
|714||New Barnet||Luton via Luton Airport||Metroline|
Stations in the area are:
- Livingstone School
- Cromer Road School
- Trent School
- Lyonsdown School (Independent) 49 in top 100 primary schools
- Jewish Community Secondary School (Jcoss)
- East Barnet School (EBS)
- John Sebastian Marlowe Ward who founded a folk museum in Park Road.
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