Pymmes Brook

Pymmes Brook

Pymmes Brook is located in North London and named after William Pymme a local land owner. It is a minor tributary of the River Lee. The brook mostly flows through urban areas and is particularly prone to flooding in its lower reaches. To alleviate the problem the brook has been culverted in many areas.


The brook rises in Hadley Wood and flows south and west to enter the River Lee Navigation at Tottenham. It passes through East Barnet, New Southgate, Arnos Grove, Palmers Green and Edmonton after flowing through Pymmes Park the brook can be seen at Fore Street, Edmonton before flowing underground and to emerge south of the North Circular Road at Angel Road where it is joined by Salmons Brook. The brook now enclosed in a concrete conduit flowing parallel with the River Lee Navigation till merging with the Lee below Ferry Lane A503 at Tottenham Lock.


The brook can be seen in the following larger parks;
*Arnos Park
*Pymmes Park

It also flows through a number of other open spaces, smaller parks, and greens.


The Pymmes Brook Trail follows the approximate course of the brook from Monken Hadley Common to Lee Valley Leisure Complex in Edmonton or alternatively to the River Lee Navigation at Pickett's Lock, Edmonton where the path joins the Lea Valley Walk.


During the Middle Ages, it was known as the "Medesenge", in the late 1600's as "Millicents brook" then, by the late 1700's as "Bell brook".

External links

* [ River Lee tributaries]
* [ Enfield information]
* [ Pymmes Brook Trail]
* [ British History Online - Edmonton] (accessed 15/12/2007)
* [ London Wildweb - Pymme's Brook] (accessed 15/12/2007)

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