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Heading for the Hills: Mill Hill, Hendon and Finchley

Wednesday 31 May — Sold out
10am to about 5.30pm. An exploration by coach of outer north London organised by Maya Donelan and Geoff Brandwood.

We visit Mill Hill School on a private tour guided by its archivist, historian Peter Elliott: founded as a Protestant grammar school in 1807, it was expanded in 1825-7, Sir William Tite’s first major work, followed by Victorian and Edwardian contributions from Basil Champneys (chapel, 1896-8), TE Collcutt (Big School, library etc, 1905-7) etc. Then St Paul’s church (1829, for slavery abolitionist William Wilberforce), and the imposing High Victorian St Joseph’s College (Goldie & Child, begun 1869), now luxury residences (exterior). We also explore the delightful Drapers’ Cottage Homes (1897 onwards), the small but charming Finchley Garden Village (1909-14), and the monumental, former Colney Hatch Asylum (SW Daukes, 1849-51), now luxury flats (exterior). We will view the striking complex of buildings at Hendon (Free Renaissance town hall, 1900; free style Arts and Crafts fire station, design 1911; and Baroque public library, 1929). Subject to confirmation, we plan to end at a fine Temple Moore church, St John the Evangelist, Hendon, 1895-6. Buffet lunch at a Mill Hill pub. Meet at Mill Hill East station, finish at Hendon Central (both Northern line). £55 including lunch. Booking required.*

Event code: 1715

 

Later event: Four Churches
Earlier event: Walk around West Hampstead

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