Friday, 31 August 2012

Folly Brook - Holcombe Hill

Folly Brook.
Folly Brook rises in this area and flows eastwards

Post to the north May's Lane
Post to the south Mill Hill
Post to the east Totteridge Fields

Folly Brook
The brook marks the boundary between the parishes of Hendon and Totteridge. Until 1965 Hendon was in Middlesex and Totteridge in Hertfordshire and so the brook formed the boundary between the two counties

Highwood Hill
Stone milestone. This is said to be 30 yards west of the junction with Hendon Wood Lane and could date from Telford's survey and was said to be erected in 1752. Said to have the word ‘London’ engraved on it.
Edgehill Manor. Large mansion of 1910.
Mote End Farm Entrance

Holcombe Dale
The Folly Brook rises from a pond near here

Holcombe Hill
The Old Forge, which dates from before 1839 is on the Lawrence Street side of the hill. There are two cottages with the Forge between them. Alongside the road, the cottage ground floor bells out into a building which appears to have been a shop of something similar. They overlook a small green.
The Plough, a small weather boarded inn which existed in 1751 and was on the Lawrence Street side of the hill. Demolished in 1931.
St.Mary’s Abbey Lodge
St Mary and St Francis. Houses which were part of St Mary’s Abbey in plain weatherboarding

The Ridgeway
Holcombe House. This was used as  part of St.Mary's School but is now private housing. It is a stuccoed brick villa, built in 1775-8 by John Johnson for John William Anderson, a glove merchant and Lord Mayor in 1797.  In 1866 it was acquired by Herbert Vaughan, later Cardinal, for St Joseph's College. In 1881 it passed to Franciscan nuns for use as St. George's school, a small boarding establishment for girls, in 1879 and a wing was built for the school in institutional Tudor, by F. W. Tasker. In 1977 it was bought by the Missionary Institute, London and a wing was built for them in 1978 by A F. Peel of the City Design Group. The house is set behind gate piers with fluted vases. Inside is a cantilevered staircase with wrought- iron balustrades. One room has a ceiling with figures of Eros, Muse of Tragedy, and a Priestess and another has figures of the Muses, attributed to Angelica Kauffman.
Nuns' Cemetery in the grounds of Holcombe House
Grecian temple. Folly in the grounds of Holcombe House. Late 18th. Small circular domed temple with 'Tower of the Winds' capitals to the columns... 
St. Mary's Abbey school.  In 1902 the nuns took over a building which from 1871 had been St. Margaret's Industrial School for 100 Roman Catholic girls from London workhouses. The architects were Goldie and Child and it is in brick with a protruding staircase tower on the front. Now flats.
St Francis Chapel. This was built as the original chapel to the school in 1888-9 by Goldie, Child and Goldie in brick. Inside are the original nuns' stalls and organ. In the stained glass window along with the evangelists is Mother Mary Francis who founded the school
Belmont, Mill Hill Junior School. Mill Hill School opened Belmont Junior House in 1912.  A classroom block was built in 1919, and was extended in 1925. The cloister block, completing the playground quadrangle was built in 1928 and the masters' hostel, enabling all staff to live in was finished in 1929. The swimming-pool was built in 1933 and the chapel, which acquired its own organ, was finished in 1925.  A decision to integrate girls into the school was made in 1995.
Belmont. The house was built by James Paine in the late 1760's for Peter Hammond, a brewer and Lord Mayor. It is a substantial designed with some eccentricities. On the first floor the iron balustrade of the cantilevered staircase becomes a gallery. It houses the function rooms and main reception area, staff rooms and the Head and her staff's offices.
Chapel. Built in 1924-5- with a sober classical interior where morning assemblies take place.
Old Chapel – said to have been built as a Gothic dairy. It was used as a shelter for the Home guard on night duty during the Second World War. It is now an office
Lodge.  Small stuccoed
School Buildings built 1919 onwards, the earliest block later converted to an assembly hall. The other buildings are by C.S. Soutar., 1923.
Cricket Pavilion on the playing field. Swimming pool pavilion now used as changing rooms and the site of the outdoor swimming pool now used as a car park.

Totteridge Common

47, 49, 51 62 51A, 51b Fairlawn. The original house was arranged as wings around an open courtyard. In 1903 it was bought by Sir Charles Allen, an interior designer specialising in ocean-going liners, and the interiors are probably by him. It is now divided.
53 The Lynch House, Built 1905 by T E Collcutt. Large stucco house.

Sources
Aldous. London Villages
Belmont School web site
Nairn. Modern Buildings
Pevsner and Cherry.  London North
Smyth Citywildspace
Stevenson. Middlesex
Walford. Village London

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