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Edgware (/ˈɛwɛər/) is a district of north London, in the London Borough of Barnet. Edgware is centred 9.5 miles (15.3 km) north-northwest of Charing Cross and has its own commercial centre. Edgware has a generally suburban character, typical of the rural-urban fringe. It was an ancient parish in the county of Middlesex. The community benefits from some elevated woodland on a high ridge marking the Hertfordshire border of gravel and sand. Edgware is identified in the London Plan as one of the capital's 35 major centres. Edgware is principally a shopping and residential area and one of the northern termini of the Northern line. It has a bus garage, a shopping centre called the Broadwalk, a library, a hospital—Edgware Community Hospital, and two streams—Edgware Brook and Deans Brook, both tributaries of a small brook known as Silk Stream, which in turn merges with the River Brent at Brent Reservoir.

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Aerial view of Edgware from Station Road; facing North towards Broadfields and Elstree.
Edgware is located in Greater London
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ195925
• Charing Cross10 mi (16 km) SE
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townEDGWARE
Postcode districtHA8
Post townLONDON
Postcode districtNW7
Dialling code020
EU ParliamentLondon
UK Parliament
London Assembly
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51°37′07″N 0°16′22″W / 51.6185°N 0.2729°W / 51.6185; -0.2729Coordinates: 51°37′07″N 0°16′22″W / 51.6185°N 0.2729°W / 51.6185; -0.2729

In 2011, the area had a population of 76,056 and is made up of five wards.[1]


Edgware (parish) population
1881 816
1891 864
1901 868
1911 1,233
1921 1,516
Absorbed by Hendon parish
source: UK census

Edgware succeeds to the identity of the ancient parish in the county of Middlesex. Edgware is a Saxon name meaning Ecgi's weir. Ecgi was a Saxon and the weir relates to a pond where Ecgi's people caught fish. Edgware parish formed part of Hendon Rural District from 1894.[2] It was abolished in 1931 and formed part of the Municipal Borough of Hendon until 1965.[3] The Romans made pottery at Brockley Hill, thought by some to be the site of Sulloniacis. Canons Park, to the north-west, was developed as an estate by James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos and was the site of his great palace Cannons.

Edgware was identified in 2008 as a major centre for preferred development in the London Plan.[4]


Edgware is a post town within the HA postcode area,.[5] It is also partly within the NW postcode area.

Demography and religionEdit

Until the 20th century there were no major rises in the population of Edgware. In the manor of Edgware in 1277 there were eight free tenants (excluding the Grand Priory of Clerkenwell) and 52 customary tenants (assumed to all be men); the survey from which these figures are taken, however, includes lands appurtenant to the manor lying in Kingsbury. In 1425–26 the manor of Edgware had three free and 29 customary tenants in the parish, and in 1525–26 the numbers were two or three free and 26 customary tenants. In 1547 there were 120 (adult or teenage) communicants in the parish. In 1597 there were between 60 and 70 houses in the parish, and 44 more in the village of Edgware but on the west side of Watling Street and therefore in the parish of Little Stanmore. In 1599 there were six free and 25 customary tenants of the manor within Edgware. In 1642 in the Civil War the protestation oath of 1641 was taken by 103 adult males. In 1664 there were 73 houses in the parish, but the hearth tax of 1672 gives only 66. During the 18th century the average numbers both of baptisms and burials declined gently but steadily; in the period 1717–26 the average number of baptisms was between 15 and 16 a year and the average number of burials 20, but by 1801–10 the figures were 11 and 9, respectively. There were said to be 69 houses in the village in 1766 and 76 houses in 1792. At the first census in 1801 the population was 412. Throughout the 19th century numbers rose slowly, except for the years between 1851 and 1871; the censuses of 1861 and 1871 show successive declines of 7 percent, attributed in 1871 to migration and to the absence of direct trains to London.[6]

Ten years later the losses had been more than made good, and in 1901 the figure of 868 had been reached. By 1921 the population had grown to 1,516, but the great infilling of the southern part of Edgware after 1924 caused the most spectacular increase. In 1931 the population was 5,352; this had increased to 17,513 by 1951 and to 20,127 by 1961.[6] As well as Christian and subsequent settling of other religious groups, Edgware's development coincided with that of its Jewish community,[7] currently forming the largest single religious group.[8] In the 2001 Census, 36% of Edgware residents give their religion as Jewish, 28% Christian, 9% Hindu and 5% Muslim.[9] The Jewish community in Edgware has constructed its own Eruv.[10]

According to the 2011 census:

  • Edgware ward of Barnet was 60% white (47% British, 12% Other White, 1% Irish). 13% was Indian and 7% Black African. 33% of the population was Jewish, 28% Christian and 11% Muslim. The most spoken foreign language is Gujarati.[11]
  • Hale ward of Barnet (east from the centre) was 59% white (45% British, 12% Other, 2% Irish) and 10% Indian. 39% was Christian and 19% Jewish. The most spoken foreign language is Gujarati followed by Persian and Romanian.[12]

This data does not represent the other wards of Canons and Edgware in Harrow and the Burnt Oak ward in Barnet.


Argonaut Games once had its head office in Edgware.[13]



Station Road. Here, all buses climb up the hill towards the station and the shops. St Margaret of Antioch Church can be seen in the background.
Station Road during a quiet evening, 2008.


There are four London Underground stations in the area servicing Edgware:


15-day London Buses serve Edgware, along with three night services, three school services, and two non-TfL routes operated by Uno.


Edgware Cricket Club, based at Canons Park, play Sunday League cricket during the summer months.[14]

Notable peopleEdit



  1. ^ With the addition of the Hale ward
  2. ^ Vision of Britain – Hendon Rural District Archived 1 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Vision of Britain – Edgware parish Archived 5 February 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Mayor of London (February 2008). "London Plan (Consolidated with Alterations since 2004)" (PDF). Greater London Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2010.
  5. ^ Royal Mail, Address Management Guide (2004)
  6. ^ a b T F T Baker, J S Cockburn, R B Pugh (Editors), Diane K Bolton, H P F King, Gillian Wyld, D C Yaxley (1971). "Edgware: Introduction". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 5 November 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ T F T Baker, J S Cockburn, R B Pugh (Editors), Diane K Bolton, H P F King, Gillian Wyld, D C Yaxley (1971). "Edgware: Jews". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 4. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 5 November 2014.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Milmo, Cahal (3 August 2002). "Britain's first 'eruv' enclave for Jews divides local opinion". The Independent. London. Retrieved 26 February 2009.
  9. ^ "see Barnet Census Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  10. ^ "The Edgware Eruv". The Edgware Eruv. 17 October 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2011.
  11. ^ Services, Good Stuff IT. "Edgware – UK Census Data 2011". UK Census Data. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  12. ^ Services, Good Stuff IT. "Hale – UK Census Data 2011". UK Census Data. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Argonaut Contact information". Argonaut Games. 13 January 1998. Archived from the original on 13 January 1998. Retrieved 9 November 2009. "Argonaut House 369 Burnt Oak Broadway Edgware Middlesex HA8 5XZ"
  14. ^ "EdgwareCricketClub". 24 March 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  15. ^ MARCELA GM (19 February 2017). "🎼GEORGE MICHAEL BEHIND THE MUSIC". Retrieved 3 April 2018 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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