The big switching centre buildings of the BT Colindale telephone exchange in The Hyde
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The Hyde is a locality in the London Borough of Barnet in London, UK, and is also the name of its accompanying main road on the A5. It is located to the east of Kingsbury, west of Hendon and south of Colindale. The area contains Hyde House (a large building partly used as a hotel), Hendon Magistrates' Court, a large Sainsbury's supermarket, Silkbridge Retail Park, and BT Colindale House telephone exchange. The area is considered a part of Colindale.
The name is first recorded in 1281 as la Hyde meaning "the hide of land", the amount of land considered enough to support a family, equal to around 120 acres (0.49 km2). The Hendon Brewery was built here in 1855.
The Hyde was home to the offices of Airco until the company's closure in 1920.
Colindale Telephone Exchange was built in the 1960s by British Telecom. Business activity at the site has decreased dramatically. In 2017 Barnet Council backed a regeneration scheme for new housing and converting the office units to residential ones.
A public house called Red Lion was at the corner of the A5 and Kingsbury Road. It closed in 2005 and the building demolished in 2009.
In 2020, plans were approved by Barnet Council to demolish the existing Hendon Sainsbury's supermarket on The Hyde and replaced with a new Sainsbury's along with 1,309 homes, despite strong opposition.
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