English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Barnet Gate

Early-attested site in the Parish of Hendon

Historical Forms

  • Greensgate 1574 HendonSurv
  • Grinsgate (Wood) 1754 R c.1840 TA
  • (to) grendeles gatan 972–8 BCS1290


Barnet Gate was earlier Greensgate 1574 HendonSurv, Grinsgate (Wood )1754 R, c. 1840TA , and is to be identified with the (to ) grendeles gatan of 972–8 (BCS 1290), v. infra 220. 'Grendel 's gate.' For other examples of Grendel, the man-eating monster of the Beowulf story, cf. Grimsbury (PN D 489), Gransmore (PN Ess 422) and grendlesmere (BCS 677) in Wiltshire (PN W 481). The place is on the county border adjoining High Barnet parish, Herts.