About Hadas

Welcome to Hadas, one of the most active archaeological societies within Greater London. From our base in the basement at Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE we cover archaeology throughout the London Borough of Barnet. The Hadas Working Party actively conduct field walking, surveying and excavations. We also have an excellent programme of outings and lectures throughout the year [more...]


July 2015
HADAS will be digging at Clitterhouse Farm from Sunday, 26th July for a week. 
Tara Fidler (in 2007) of English Heritage Greater London Advisory Service described the area thus: 

“Clitterhouse originates from the word ‘clay’. The settlement was not mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the earliest known owner was in c1321 AD. There is documented evidence of the settlement as a land holding 1358 AD and it was a sub-manor of Hendon. Aerial photography reveals an earthen bank, possibly forming a moated enclosure around the manor. It is suggested that the moat may have served with Oxgate, across Watling Street, as a block house for the defence of London against the Viking attacks or possibly even used by the Danes themselves. This suggests the enclosure may have been created in the Saxon period. Clitterhouse Farm remained a manor until the 1770s.” 

This should be an interesting excavation, do come along and support this project.

Stephens House and Gardens (formerly Avenue House) at 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE are having their Garden Fete on Sunday 19th July 2015. Another opportunity for a fun day out.

Lectures & Events Diary


Over the years HADAS members and others have produced a number of publications on both the archaeology and local history of the London Borough of Barnet. Some of these publications can now be purchased at specially reduced prices.
The course is currently full, but a waiting list is available.
For the academic year 2015/2016 HADAS are again running their post-excavation course, this year entitled "Finds in Focus". This course, which will concentrate on publishing results of previous HADAS excavations, will be tutored by Jacqui Pearce BA FSA MIfA and will take place on Wednesday evenings from 18.30 for two hours at Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE. There will be 22 sessions. The cost of the course will be covered by a donation to HADAS of £275. The course starts on Wednesday, 23rd September 2015.  For more details 

Newsletter Archive Project
The HADAS newsletters have been converted into digital form as part of a permanent archive. We are now busily converting the page images into text to create a complete and searchable archive covering over the 50 years of the Society's history.

Church End Farm Building Record

This is a record of the building history at Church End Farm. It was compiled as part of the post-excavation analysis of of an excavation (Site code CEF61) at Church End Farm Hendon in 1960s. 

Hendon House

Excavations at Hendon School prompted research into this important house in the history of Hendon.

Battle of Barnet

Members of Hadas are investigating the Wars of the Roses' site of the 1471 Battle of Barnet.

This link will take you to a list of the places HADAS has had outings to over the years, it is intended to help those who can't remember when we went to some place or another.

Woodhouse - home of Thomas Collins
Now the home of the Woodhouse Academy this beautiful old house has a fascinating history.......