The Fields of Friern: A Study of a North London Past (Paperback)Pauline Ashbridge (author)
Paperback 194 Pages / Published: 20/09/2012
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The fields and people of the small rural outer Middlesex parish of Friern Barnet were near the influences of London, the Great North Road and "dangerous" Finchley Common. But the history of its low-hilled green manorial demesne lands was distinctively different. There are puzzling and unusual elements to its history - as well as stories of many people who, with common and conflicting interests and rights, lived in or near its fields and woodlands. Although focused on a local area, many of the themes and subjects in this book are of wider interest. The author has found significant aspects that have previously been overlooked or noted only briefly. For instance, an early post-Chartist freehold land society bought land in the fields in the mid-19th century; one of the aims was to help people get a Parliamentary vote. An almost forgotten judgement by an authoritative body that the demesne fields once belonged to Cistercian monks - which would be unique in rural Middlesex - is examined carefully. The conclusion: it was possible. Challenging local links are found with seismic events of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. The probable site of a 15th-16th century hermitage and chapel is identified: in a different place from earlier suggestions. This investigation of the fields of Friern runs from the late-15th to the late-19th century.
Publisher: Kershaw Publishing
Number of pages: 194
Dimensions: 206 x 147 mm
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