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Barnetor Chipping Barnet

Barnet, or Chipping Barnet, a small town in Hertfordshire, eleven miles N. of London, on the Great Northern Railway. It has a church dating from the fifteenth century, and a grammar school founded by Queen Elizabeth. It has long been a favourite rural resort of Londoners, and is now being rapidly built over. The September horse and cattle fair is a very old institution, and attracts large crowds of the costermonger class. On Gladsmore Heath close by was fought, April 14, 1471, the great battle in which the Lancastrians were utterly crushed, and the Earl of Warwick was killed. An obelisk, set up in 1740, commemorates the event. East Barnet is an adjoining parish.