- London Borough of Enfield
Infobox London Borough | name = London Borough of Enfield
short_name = Enfield
London borough| area_rank = 261st
area_km2 = 82.20
ons_code = 00AK | adminhq = Civic Centre,
ethnicity = 37.1% White
9.5% South Asian
url = http://www.enfield.gov.uk/
leadership = Leader & Cabinet
mayor = Cllr Lee Chamberlain (2008/09)
executive = Rob Leak
David Burrowes Andrew Love Joan Ryan
gla_constituency = Enfield and Haringey
Joanne McCartneyThe London Borough of Enfield (audio|En-uk-LBEnfield.ogg|pronunciation) is the most northerly London boroughand forms part of Outer London.
Enfield used to be a small market town on the edge of the forest about a day's travel north of London. As Greater London has grown, Enfield has become a residential suburb, with fast transport links into central London.
The current borough was formed in 1965 from the former area of the
Municipal Borough of Southgate, the Municipal Borough of Enfieldand the Municipal Borough of Edmonton. The armorial bearingsof these three boroughs were also merged.
The creature on the shield of the Enfield coat of arms is known in
heraldryas an "Enfield" (or colloquially as the Enfield beast), and is used extensively as a logorepresenting Enfield, particularly by the borough council.
In Roman times, Enfield was connected to
Londiniumby Ermine Street, the great Roman roadwhich stretched all the way up to York. Artefacts found in the early 1900s reveal that there were Roman settlements in the areas that are now Edmonton and Bush Hill Park.
In 790 King Offa was recorded as giving the lands of Edmonton to
St Albans Abbey. The area became strategically important as East Angliawas taken over by the Danes. In the 790s strongholds were built by men loyal to King Alfred the Great, in order to keep the Danes to the east of the River Lea.
Norman Conquest, both Enfield and Edmonton were mentioned in the Domesday Book. Both have churches, and Enfield has 400 inhabitants, Edmonton 300. Enfield is also described as having a "parc". This parc—a heavily forested area for hunting—was key to Enfield's existence in the Middle Ages(see Enfield Old Park). Wealthy Londoners came to Enfield first to hunt, and then to build houses in the green, wooded surroundings. In 1303, Edward I of Englandgranted Enfield a charterto hold a weekly market, which has continued up to this day.
Enfield has a history of
armamentsmanufacture—see Royal Small Arms Factory. The Lee-Enfield.303 riflewas standard issue for the British Armyuntil 1957, although its usage carried on afterwards for some time. Other firearms manufactured there include the Brenand Stenmachine guns -- the "en" in both cases denoting the place of manufacture.
The world's first solid state circuitry
colour televisions were manufactured by Ferguson at their the now closed plant in Enfield.
The very first
Dishwasherto be mass produced was in Hotpoint's now closed Enfield plant.
Barclays Bankin Enfield was the first place in the world to have an ATM -- the ATM was officially opened in June 1967 by Reg Varneya television actor and personality most famous for his lead role on the comedy series On the Buses. This historical event is marked by a plaque on the wall of the bank, which still stands today.
Civic Centreis located in Enfield Town.
Enfield Towncentre completed a major redevelopment project under the name PalaceXchange while retaining the Palace Gardens Shopping Centre. An extension was added to the existing retail area with many new shops, and a second multi-story car parkwas built along with a new road layout.
A major redevelopment of
Edmonton Greenincluding the shopping centre, and adjacent municipal housing over a wide area, started in 1999. This is still on-going, and provides new housing, health facilities, a new leisure centre, a supermarket, and many other civic features.
Many local activities are located around the
A10 roadwhich has a number of large retail outlets and a large multiplex Cineworldcinema. The cinema also plays host to [http://www.jubilee-church.org Jubilee Church] on a Sunday morning; whilst cinemagoers continue to watch movies in the other screens, a charismatic church which draws its worshippers from a wide area hires a couple of auditoria for worship.
The western part of Enfield is largely residential, with shopping centres in Southgate,
Palmers Greenand Cockfosters.
London Fire Brigade
The London Borough of Enfield has three fire stations within its boundary; Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate. However, if an incident requires a higher attendance, appliances from throughout London can be mobilised to meet the needs of the area if required. Within the Borough of Enfield lies the North Middlesex Hospital, Shell Gases Ltd (amongst other chemical plants) plus several mainline and Underground stations.
The three fire stations operate a total of five pumping appliances, one rescue tender, a hose layer and a [http://www.usar.org.uk/equipment.htm/ USAR] unit.
Of the three fire stations within the borough; Enfield is mobilised to the most incidents and has the largest station ground (the area of which Enfield is the first appliance to attend), [http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about_us/media/Enfield.pdf/ London Fire Brigade - Enfield Profile] .
[http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about_us/media/Enfield.pdf London Fire Brigade - Enfield Profile]
Two major NHS hospitals,
Chase Farm Hospitaland North Middlesex Hospital, are located in the borough. Enfield Primary Care NHS Trustis responsible for local primary health care. Another hospital in the borough, Highlands, was closed in 1993.
Chase Farm Hospital A&E closure
In 2006, a proposal for the closure of Accident & Emergency facilities at Chase Farm Hospital was introduced to widespread protest. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/london/series9/week_three.shtml BBC Inside Out ] ] The proposal went into consultation in 2007. Should the proposal go ahead, emergencies will be directed to North Middlesex Hospital and Barnet Hospital. As the hospital serves not only Enfield but also the nearby
Hertfordshireborough of Broxbourne, it is possible that this could lead to many long journeys for emergency treatment. [cite web|title=Minister to decide Chase Farm future|author=Cheshunt & Waltham Mercury|url=http://new2.harlowstar.co.uk/hertfordshiremercury-news-cheshunt/displayarticle.asp?id=250373|date=2008-01-22|accessdate=2008-03-04]
The London Borough of Enfield is the education authority for the district. Education is provided in a mix of community and
voluntary aidedschools [ [http://www.enfield.gov.uk/nav1/100005.asp Education gateway for LB Enfield] accessed 5 Jun 2007] . A number of private schools are also located in the borough.
Schools in the borough are listed at
List of schools in the London Borough of Enfield. In historical terms, among the most significant are The Latymer Schoolin Edmonton, the best performing school in the borough at both GCSE and A-Level), and also Enfield Grammar School, which since the 1960s has been a boys' comprehensive, but has retained its original name, and still uses its Tudorbuilding which is now often referred to as the Old Hall. St Ignatius' Collegeis the borough's largest Catholic school and one of the best-performing non-selective schools in the borough, at both GCSE and A-Level.Results in Enfield, 2006: [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/education/06/school_tables/secondary_schools/html/308_gcse_lea.stm GCSE] [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/education/06/school_tables/secondary_schools/html/308_alevel_lea.stm A/AS] accessed 12 Dec 2007] Enfield Collegeis also based in the borough.
Middlesex Universitythe former polytechnic, has three campuses in Enfield: Ponders End, Cat Hill and Trent Park. An associate college of the University, Oak Hill Theological Collegeis also located in the borough.
port and recreation
Enfield's King George's Field, named in memory of King George V, includes the Queen Elizabeth II athletics stadium, the Enfield Ignatians Rugby Club and numerous football, rugby and
baseballdiamonds. The playing fields were used as a POW camp for Italians during World War II.
The second largest playing fields are at Firs Farm on Firs Lane. There a handful of rugby pitches along with more than a dozen football pitches. These are used by local amateur football clubs including Winchmore Hill FC, Mayfield Athletic FC and Southgate County FC. The pitches drain reasonably well but are generally in poor condition with old, rusted goalposts. The changing facilities are also very dilapidated, with some changing rooms being no more than concrete sheds with corrugated roofs.
Many sports teams and clubs are located in Enfield;
Enfield F.C., Enfield Town F.C.Brimsdown Rovers, and Winchmore Hill FC are the most prominent. Saracens Rugby Football Club used to play in Enfield and still train at Bramley Road sports ground near Cockfosters. Enfield Ignatians R.F.C are currently the area's most successful Rugby club.
The principal cricket clubs in the area are Enfield CC, Winchmore Hill CC,
North Enfield CC, and Holtwhites Trinibus CC, with many others playing cricket in and around the borough such as Edmonton, Enfield Invicta, Mayfield CC and Myddleton House. Many clubs play in either the Middlesex Cricket League or the Hertfordshire League.
Swimming clubs include Edmonton Phoenix S.C., Enfield S.C. and Griffins S.C. of Enfield.
Futsal is also played in the area with FC Enfield playing in the FA Umbro Futsal League Southern Division.
Enfield Phoenix is the local basketball club with teams playing in the national league and the central london league. The team play at the edmonton leisure centre with seating for 400 spectators.
In 1840 the first section of the
Northern and Eastern Railwaywas opened from Stratford to Broxbourne, with stations at Water Lane (Angel Road) and Ponders End. Further stations were added in 1855 at Enfield Lock ( Royal Small Arms Factory) and 1884 at Brimsdown. A branch line from Water Lane to Enfield Town was opened in 1849 serving Edmonton Low Level and Enfield Town. A further station was added in 1880 at Bush Hill Park. The direct line from London to Enfield Town was opened in 1872 with stations at Silver Street and Lower Edmonton (now called Edmonton Green). In 1891, a loop from Edmonton serving Southbury (Churchbury) and Turkey Street (Forty Hill) to Cheshunt on the main line was added.
In 1871 the Great Northern Railway opened its station on Windmill Hill. This was later replaced in 1910 when the line was extended to Cuffley. This section of railway is now part of the line commonly known as the Hertford Loop.
Enfield is served by the
Piccadilly Lineof the London Undergroundwith stations at Arnos Grove, Southgate, Oakwood (named as Enfield West when it first opened) and Cockfosters (where the line terminates). Suburban National Railservices of First Capital Connectand National Express East Angliaalso operate on several lines in the borough.
There are numerous bus services throughout the borough run by
Transport for London.
The main roads running through the borough include the
North Circular Road, the M25, Green Lanes, the A10 and the old Hertford Road (A1010)
The borough contains the
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture. Other museums include Forty Hall Manor and the garden exhibitions at Capel Manor, Myddleton House (part of the Lee Valley Park) and the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport.
Enfield is a stronghold of Youth Activities, there are lots of different organisations and movements offering activities for young people.
Scouting & Guiding are particularly strong. The annual St George's Day Parade has around a thousand young people marching through Enfield Town, led by the [http://www.edsb.org.uk/ Enfield District Scout Band] .
The Boys' and Girls' Brigade are also quite active within the borough, participating in various ceremonies and events throughout the year, including the Enfield Town Show, St Georges Day Parade and on Remembrance Day Parade, where members of the Enfield Battalion Band have the long standing tradition of playing Last Post. [http://enfield.boys-brigade.org.uk/ Enfield Battalion Boys' Brigade website] .
List of districts in Enfield
List of people from Enfield
Enfield parks and open spaces
* [http://www.enfield.gov.uk/ Enfield Council]
* [http://www.enfield-observatory.org.uk Enfield Observatory]
* [http://www.enfieldleisurecentres.co.uk/ Leisure centres in Enfield]
* [http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/ Lee Valley Park]
* [http://www.palacegardensenfield.co.uk/ Palace Gardens Shopping Centre - Enfield]
* [http://www.edsb.org.uk/ Enfield District Scout Band]
* [http://www.brassett.net/fcenfield/fceindex.html/ Futsal Club Enfield]
* [http://www.penangtakeaway.co.uk/ Penang Takeaway]
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