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This article is about the town in London. For the city in Vermont, USA, see Barnet, Vermont.
Barnet
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Administration
Borough:Barnet
County:Greater London
Region:Greater London
Nation:England
Other
Ceremonial County:Greater London
Traditional County:Middlesex Hertfordshire
Post Office and Telephone
Post town:BARNET
Postcode:EN5
Dialling Code:020

High Barnet or Chipping Barnet is a place in the London Borough of Barnet.

The town was the site of the Battle of Barnet in 1471, where Yorkist troops led by King Edward IV killed the rebellious "Kingmaker" Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick and Warwick's brother, John Neville, 1st Marquess of Montagu. The town lies at the northern end of the Northern Line, and the association football team Barnet F.C. play there. It was formerly the site of a well-known fair, hence the cockney rhyming slang "Barnet" for "hair". Barnet College also has one of its main sites in High Barnet and is spread out through the London Borough of Barnet.

Barnet is the highest point on the old Great North Road between the City of London and York, which sounds impressive, but is a mere 130 metres above mean sea level. The tower of St John the Baptist Church claims to be the highest point between itself and the Ural Mountains to the east. Barnet is 10.5 miles (16.9 km) north north-west of Charing Cross.

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Barnet High Street, viewed from the tower of St John the Baptist Church

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