Coordinates: 51°39′10″N 0°09′22″W / 51.6527°N 0.1560°W / 51.6527; -0.1560

Cockfosters is located in Greater London

 Cockfosters shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ275965
London borough Enfield
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARNET
Postcode district EN4
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Enfield Southgate
Chipping Barnet
London Assembly Enfield and Haringey
Barnet and Camden
List of places: UK • England • London

Cockfosters is a suburb of North London, lying partly in the London Borough of Enfield and partly in the London Borough of Barnet. The counties of Hertfordshire and Middlesex respectively (in which Cockfosters was located pre-1965) are still used in postal addresses.

The name has been recorded as far back as 1524, and is thought to be either the name of a family, or that of a house which stood on Enfield Chase. One suggestion is that it was "the residence of the cock forester (or chief forester)".[1]

Of note in Cockfosters is Trent Park which serves as a country park.

Christ Church, Cockfosters was founded in 1839. The Piccadilly line of the London Underground reached Cockfosters in 1933.

The Cock & Dragon Pub (formerly the Cock), offset from Cockfosters Road on Chalk Lane, opened in 1798.




There are two campuses of Middlesex University nearby:

  • One in Trent Park
  • At the top of Cat Hill, next to the large roundabout.

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture is also located on the Cat Hill campus.

Southgate School is located in Sussex Way.

Trent C of E Primary School is located in Chalk Lane.

Theatre and the Arts

The Chickenshed Theatre Company , aka Chickenshed, is located in Cockfosters. It was founded in 1975 in a chicken shed, and has since moved to its current site. It now produces many shows, most recently "Badjelly's Bad Christmas", "The Kings Web", "Slender Threads", "Duty" and "The Rain that Washes". It is an inclusive theatre compnany, and started the concept of "inclusive theatre", which means anyone, regardless of background, race, gender, age or disability, is allowed to both watch and perform in theatre.


Saracens used to play at Chase Side (also known as Clocktower Park). ("Chase Side" is the name of a road between Cockfosters and Southgate). However, they moved to and currently reside in Watford. The ground is still used for Enfield F.C. training and for the Saracens' 'B' team, Saracens Storm. It is also used as Saracens Amateurs' training ground. Cockfosters Cricket Club, Southgate Compton Cricket Club and Cockfosters Football Club play at Chalk Lane on fields adjacent to Christ Church.

Local newspapers

The local newspapers are as of 20011-

Newspaper Link
Enfield Independent [2]
Enfield Advertiser [3]
The Jewish Chronicle ("The JC") [4]


The MP for Southgate, David Burrowes, was born in Cockfosters. George Baillie Duncan ministered at Christ Church, Cockfosters and the cricketer Andrew Wingfield Digby was a curate there. Cameron McVey grew up in Cockfosters. The poet John Betjeman, who taught at Heddon Court School in 1929-30, wrote "The Cricket Master" about his experiences there. Other transient residents have included the footballers Tommy Docherty and George Eastham and Dave Davies of the Kinks.

Cockfosters Road, Cockfosters


Nearby Stations


  1. ^ Harris, Cyril M.. What's in a name?. London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-241-0. 
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