Plaque

The North Star

Inscription

The North Star, 104 Finchley Road. The North Star was built in 1850 as one of the first buildings to grace the new Finchley Road. This highway had been constructed in 1835 as an alternative by-pass route to the old road from London to the north, which took the gruelling haul up through the congested streets of Hampstead. The North Star was purpose built as a pub, as can be seen from the handsome exterior, which boasts attractive embossed stars at the tops of the main pillar supports. Originally above this, at roof level, was an elaborate stone balustrade and arch, but these became unsafe, and were eventually removed. However, at first floor level there remains a magnificent cast-iron Victorian balcony. The pub was once the terminus for short-haul trams out of London in the 1920's, but far closer ties with London Transport was {sic} to come in the 1930's. A decision was made to extend the Bakerloo Line (now the Jubilee line) to relieve the overcrowded Metropolitan line. In order for the new line to come to the surface between Swiss Cottage and Finchley Road stations, the Metropolitan had to be diverted, and opened in November 1939 with the southbound line in a tunnel that lies a mere three feet below the cellar floor. The rumblings of the trains can easily be heard, and felt, in the bar.

Site: The North Star (1 memorial)

NW3, Finchley Road, 104

Credit for this entry to: Matt Brown

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
The North Star

Subjects commemorated i

The North Star

Purpose built as a pub, as can be seen from the handsome exterior, which boas...

Read More

Finchley Road

This highway was constructed in 1835 as an alternative by-pass route to the o...

Read More

Nearby Memorials

Bedford's Chiswick wall

Bedford's Chiswick wall

W4, Church Street, St Nicholas church

 Brentford and Chiswick Local History Society confirms our link to the 4th Earl.

2 subjects commemorated
Great Synagogue, Dukes Place

Great Synagogue, Dukes Place

EC3, Dukes Place

Corporation of London The Great Synagogue, Dukes Place, constituent of the United Synagogue stood on the site adjoining from 1690 and ser...

3 subjects commemorated, 1 creator
Trenchard - WAFF

Trenchard - WAFF

SW1, Victoria Embankment, Victoria Embankment Gardens - Whitehall section

The building behind is the former Air Ministry.  We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveili...

1 subject commemorated
Plaque 4 - Toms

Plaque 4 - Toms

SW18, Chapel Yard, 2, Clore Building

Currently, 2011, used by the National Opera as a studio. The current building is a hall, opened in 1883, with a total of 6 plaques all on...

1 subject commemorated
PP - GFW

PP - GFW

EC1, Edward Street

We can find no maker, nor date for the erection of this memorial, but its position (outside and to the left of the loggia), the quality o...

1 subject commemorated