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    The Naked Lady

    by Kap2 Updated May 19, 2006

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    The Naked Lady is unveiled
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    This statue was erected to mark the victory of combined British and French forces over the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne between 5 and 12 September 1914.

    This statue, was made by Emile Guillaume, official name is La Delivrance, but locals know it as the Naked Lady.

    It was unveiled by the former war time prime minister, David Lloyd George in 1927, with a crowd of 8,000 in attendance.

    It is located here because Lord Rothermere wanted to see it on his drive to see his mum in Totteridge.

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    Support the Spike Milligan Statute Fund

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A group of Spikes friends and family have combined with The Finchley Society to raise funds for the creation of a bronze statue in Finchley. The aim is to raise ?30,000 and to unveil the statue in April 2006.

    The life-size statue will show Spike sitting on a bench and turning as if to speak to an imaginary person sharing the bench with him. Many people, young and old, will come to have their photo taken in this unique setting. Sir Paul McCartney, Michael Parkinson and Joanna Lumley are patrons

    If you would like to make a donation please send a cheque payable to "The Spike Milligan Statue Fund" to The Secretary, 17 Abbots Gardens, East Finchley, London N2 OJG.

    All donations will be acknowledged.

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    Graveyard and church

    by Kap2 Written Apr 17, 2006

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    The graveyard is mainly inhabited by figures from the 18th Century, including Honest Tom Payne, not to be confused the American revolutionary figure, who kept a famous bookshop before retiring to Finchley....

    also Major John Cartwright, a British military figure who was pro-American , and for was called the ?father of reform? for his advocacy of universal manhood suffrage, parliamentary and army reform, and abolition of slavery.

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    St Mary's at Finchley

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    a tomb....

    The church itself has an interesting history..... the church's website has more info... including this inscription

    Godolphin his race to rest hathe rune
    Where grace recordes felycytie
    His death is gone his lyff hathe wonne
    Eternal perpetuitye
    Though William his corppes here dead doethe lye
    ? ssayeth to him shall never dye

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    Arts Depot

    by Kap2 Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Protesters in support of the Arts Depot

    London's newest arts venue....

    It is situated between West Finchley, Finchley Central and Woodside Park tube stations on the Northern Line. West Finchley and Woodside Park are the closest stations, approximately half a mile away.

    Finchley Central has the best bus link, approx a 3 minute journey by the 125, 460, 82.

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    Finchley Lobe

    by Kap2 Written Apr 23, 2006

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    A view towards Finchley, the glacial side

    I'm not sure if this is a thing to do.... it takes imagination, thinking is a type of doing. In the Ice Age a massive galcier pushed the Thames outhwards to its current course.

    This ice was known as the Finchley Lobe an carved the lump of land that Finchley rest upon, imagine a giant river of ice, mountain like and Hampstead as tundra.... global warming?

    Further reading:
    A History of the County of Middlesex, 1969
    Volume I
    Edited by J. S. Cockburn & H. P. F. King, K. G. T. Mc Donnell

    "Taking the assemblage of deposits as a whole, the sequence of events is tolerably clear. Before the advance of the ice, the Thames, expelled from its Hertfordshire course by the advance of an earlier ice-sheet, flowed through the Finchley depressions from west to east. The second great ice-sheet, which completely covered the country northeast of Middlesex, sent a lobe up the valley, and thus diverted the Thames from this its second course. Small outlying masses of glacial gravel at Dollis Hill and Hanger Hill mark the train of outwash-gravels along the Brent valley which must have been initiated at this time. This signal episode was the second glacial diversion of the Thames from its first course and to it is due the initiation of the Thames valley through London. Few physiographic episodes can have been answerable for human consequences so significant and complex."

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    Finchley Library, Church End

    by Kap2 Written Apr 17, 2006

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    Finchley Library, Church End

    If you really want to learn about Finchley, you can go to this library, upstairs there is a good reference section.... downstairs is the lending library, with dvd and a coffee machine, you'll need a token to use it, as you'll need to borrow a key to use the toilet upstairs

    ... the children's library often has story telling for children.

    The building is modernist in style, a machine for reading? It clashes badly with the medieval church next door... see my other tips

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    The Bothy

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Bothy is a concrete castle structure built in the grounds of Avenue House... it is the first concrete building built in the UK since the Romans , it was built in the 1870s as a walled garden, now used as an arts venue

    possible inspiration for CS Lewis's the Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe.... anycase you can watch theatre here over the summer

    Restoration is going on as we speak... i'll check it out when i get a chance.

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    Victoria Park

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best green in London....
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    A beautiful park, especially in May with the trees in blossom, tulips and other flowers in bloom

    there is a cafe, public toilets, bowls club (the premier outdoor green in London, they spend £7,000 a year cutting and rolling the lawn!), tennis courts and a childrens play area... site of Finchley Carnival....

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    Harry Beck's Tube Map 1931

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 17, 2006

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    The original map
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    You can see a copy of this map at Finchley Central station, where Mr Beck used to begin his journeys to work...

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    College Farm

    by Kap2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Its quite suprising to find a farm in suburbia.... and rare breds of cows back in 2006.... though the main activity in the old dairy farm buildings is a pet food, tack and feed shop

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    Avenue House and Grounds

    by Kap2 Written May 14, 2006

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    Avenue House Estate
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    The gardens are beatiful place to wander around. The house itself is not amazing, but its setting is perfect and it contains the the 'Inky' Stephens Collection.

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