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THOROUGHFARE
Finchley Road
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Borough Barnet
Camden
District Hampstead
Length 7 kilometres/4 miles
Number Range -
Type Commercial
Residential
Post Code NW2, NW3, NW8, NW11
Adjacent Streets -

Finchley Road, an inner city main road which runs for about 7 kilometres/4 miles, is one of the major thoroughfares of north London.

It starts (as part of the A41) next to St. John's Wood Station. It goes north through Swiss Cottage, then turns slightly north west, forming the border between Hampstead and West Hampstead and then turns north again at Child's Hill. The A41 diverges westward and Finchley Road becomes the A598. It continues past Golders Green Station, through Temple Fortune to the North Circular Road. The A598 continues north of the North Circular Road, but changes its name to Regents Park Road.

It was built as a turnpike road in the late 1820s/early 1830s to provide a by-pass to the existing route north from London through Hampstead. The Hampstead route (now the route Haverstock Hill, Rosslyn Hill and North End Road) contained two steep hills either side of Hampstead village and was difficult for horses with carriages to negotiate when muddy.

The new turnpike was built at the same time as the improvements which created Regents Park. It started from what was then called the 'New Road' (now Euston Road, Marylebone Road - the first London bypass) and ran north. As the road crossed the boundary of Finchley, its name became Regents Park Road, indicating the destination of the turnpike as measured from Finchley. The turnpike ended when it joined Ballards Lane and the Great North Road.

There was a tollgate at Childs Hill. After construction, many grand houses were built along its length, especially near to what are now Fortune Green, Childs Hill and Golders Green. It was once served by Finchley Road Railway Station on the Midland Main Line, but that has long-sinced closed. It is still served by Finchley Road Station and Finchley Road & Frognal Station on the North London Line.

It remains a heavily used route in and out of London. The most commercial part of the road is near to Finchley Road Station and the O2 Centre.

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