Enjoy Enfield - Issue 2

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Enjoy Enfield


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Enjoy Enfield is a cheerleader for all the

brilliant things the borough has to offer. Great open spaces, fantastic shops ranging from high street giants to the small specialist retailers – all have a place in a borough that is full of vitality and creativity. In this issue we take you on a tour of some of the extra special places and meet some of the people who make the borough so interesting. We take you to Crews Hill which has become a byword for tip-top plants and gardening excellence.

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Contents Delicatessens


Garden Centres


You can also meet the crafters experimenting in design and unusual gifts – and if you fancy a night out at some great restaurants we celebrate Southgate’s gastronomic delights.



Made in Enfield

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Speaking of delights we also introduce you to a great range of the borough’s specialist grocery stores and delicatessens.


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Wherever you live in North London you won’t have to travel far to find what you need. But that’s not all – so much in Enfield is free – magnificent parks and open spaces; the borough museum and local history archives.

Blast from the Past


If you love markets you can read all about them in this magazine. If you are interested in how the borough’s industrial area developed – we also take you back to its early beginnings – how it developed and grew and as you look around today how it is still developing and attracting people with new cultures, bold talents and a contribution to make. So ‘Enjoy Enfield’ welcomes you and invites you to discover the many treasures of this great London borough. Leader of Enfield Council, Cllr Doug Taylor

All information included in this publication was correct at the time of printing. The inclusion of an organisation or business doesn’t necessarily imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed by them.




Deli delights are here to stay

Inspired by TV programmes showcasing new and exciting dishes from around the world, you can now follow a recipe and know that you will be able to find the right ingredients. There is no need to struggle or even travel very far to find them.


Here in Enfield there are a number of delicatessens and specialist grocery stores stocking almost all you will need. Did you know you can buy fresh Sicilian cheese, the flours to make your own ravioli, noodles and sauces for far eastern dishes, and locally grown white sweet potatoes for some African delights? So before you venture far take a look at the specialist stores on your door step as we look inside the global speciality food shops in Enfield.

Cicero Delicatessen

748 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 6PR • 01992 762888

Over 70 different pastas, Italian biscuits, olives, cured meats, wines, cheeses and even their own brand of coffee fill the shelves at Cicero. This small family-run business which started in 1969 is a treasure house of all that is best in Italian food. This shop alone is a trip round Italy with specialities such as balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italian sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil infused with herbs and garlic, parmesan cheeses, dolcelatte, mascarpone and ricotta from the mountains. It is a small family-run Italian deli by brothers Tony and Seb. In 1987 they took over from their father. Now loyal customers, some for 30 years, enjoy this deli and in the lead up to Christmas the shop overflows with pannetone of all sizes and flavours – great for delicious gifts!

Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods

744 Hertford Road, Enfield EN3 6PR • 01992 765668

You can buy everything you need to make your own goat curry at Mwanaka which specialises in African foods and ingredients. Many of the vegetables come from their own farm near Enfield just off the M25 – they include white sweet potatoes and white maize (corn). There are only two farmers in the UK who farm African produce and one of them is here in Enfield. All the meat is from grass fed animals and special cuts range from prime brisket to chuck steak. They even sell fresh boerewors – a speciality sausage from South Africa. This small independent family business is making a mark locally supplying only quality produce at prices you can afford.


Dacca Caterers

2 Millmarsh Lane, Enfield EN3 7SW • 020 8804 0456

Lovers of authentic Indian food will find Dacca Caterers the ultimate in supplies of specialist herbs, spices and Indian ingredients. This new shop only opened last year and is rapidly making its mark as an indispensable specialist for Indian cooking. Dacca is a wholesaler, but it is also open to the public and this means that you can buy all your spices at a fraction of the cost that you would pay in a supermarket. You get the full range too – star anise, mace, dried red chillies. But that’s not all – you can also find an extensive range of lentils and pulses and a huge choice of basmati rice. If you’re just starting out in Indian cooking, they also sell a range of pastes to give you a helping hand and do look out for the tasty pickles. Hosting a dinner party or short on time? No problem – they have a great selection of frozen foods including samosas, parathas and kebabs.



Hoo Hing Enfield

Lockfield Avenue, Enfield, EN3 7PZ • 020 8344 9888

You don’t need to go in to China Town to get your oriental ingredients, cooking utensils or tableware – it’s all available here in Enfield. You could quite easily spend an hour or two mesmerised by the sheer variety of produce which ranges from fresh lobster to fresh peppercorns, noodles in more varieties than you can imagine and all the fresh vegetables – pak choi, Chinese cabbage, galangal and lots more. From skewers to steamers; and woks to dipping bowls – Hoo Hing has it all. You can buy all the food, seasonings and equipment to prepare authentic tasting and perfectly presented oriental meals.



19 Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3EF • 020 8366 3025

This is a relatively new shop with a distinct East European style tucked away on Silver Street in Enfield Town. It is laden with Polish fayre – its shelves stacked with tins and jars of unusual produce. Here you can buy beetroot soup (borscht); pickled cabbage; jars of pickled gherkins and cucumbers and a huge array of the much-prized Polish jams, conserves and marmalades. Look out for damson, cherry and plum

jams. A fridge is packed tight with Polish smoked cheeses, and a selection of smoked and seasoned salamis and cured hams. Alongside this you will find an interesting range of sourdough breads; rye breads and nutty pumpernickel loaves. The shop also stocks fresh vegetables and Polish sweets, chocolates and cakes. It has charm and interest and introduces a new range of food to Enfield.




Top of the Crops They’ve been there for decades, they know their plants inside out and there’s absolutely no reason why Enfield’s very own resident green fingered gods can’t help you transform your garden – or window box – into something blooming marvellous.

If you’re looking for good quality garden centres look no further than Crews Hill. Almost uniquely in the United Kingdom the area is groaning with garden centres – there are literally dozens of them – and many rank with the very best the country has to offer. Given you can get almost any plant you want from this cornucopia of crops – and the experts at these garden centres can tell you how to plant and make them thrive – it would be a tiny bit silly to go anywhere else for your gardening needs. We chatted to some of our resident experts who offered some excellent advice on how to make your garden grow. And this lot run garden centres which have been in existence collectively for more than 200 years so they know their plants inside out.

The Clockhouse Nursery

Forty Hill, Enfield EN2 9EU • 020 8363 1016

This traditional family run business started in 1928 and is into the third generation of garden centre expert from the Mills family and is currently run by David Mills. Specialising in outdoor plants, shrubs, perennials and bedding plants grown on site it also offers many varieties of trees of all sizes. David said: “We aim to sell top quality plants at very affordable prices and we encourage people to visit the nursery and take their time to select their plants.” www.clockhousenursery.co.uk

e Nursery David Mills, Clockhous a don’t rush in. Prepare “When planting a new are gger planting over a long your ground well and sta son of interest. But most period to give a longer sea g and watering your plants importantly keep feedin ” and that includes winter. to reap the best rewards


Springtime Nurseries of Crews Hill holiday “If you’re going away on baskets d an rs move any containe st is gu out of direct sunlight. Au an out also a great month to cle e any dirt your water butt to remov d and which may become lodge nths.” mo trapped over the winter

Springtime Nurseries of Crews Hill Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield EN2 9EE • 020 8367 9326

They do like a public holiday at Springtime Nurseries of Crews Hill which has been providing a huge choice of plants, flowers, tools and accessories for the home and garden for more than 30 years. It combines the features of a nursery with a gift shop selling gardening related items making it a popular centre in the Crews Hill area. www.springtimenurseries.co.uk

“Seasonal displays focusing on water features and seasonal attractions transform parts of the centre into a Hallowe’en Cave and a Christmas Wonderland when the time is right to provide an exciting and slightly different nursery experience that little ones love.”




Wyevale – Enfield

Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield EN2 9DX • 0844 288 5080

If garden centres get you in a spin, then you should pay a visit to Enfield Wyevale Garden Centre – complete with fully restored windmill. Starting life as the Fairview Garden Centre in 1977. It was bought by the Cramphorn family in 1982, who added a large area devoted to home grown plants and later re-designed it with an emphasis on horticulture. Manager, David Brett, says: “We offer everything gardeners need from landscaping materials and tools to garden furniture and clothing; and an extensive selection of British grown quality plants. We also offer a delivery service for the residents of Enfield and the surrounding area. Customers can enjoy a day out visiting the garden restaurant and there is also a soft play area, a gift shop, a fish and aquatics and furniture shop as well as a wide selection of clothing, books and children’s toys.” www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk

“Know when you need to water your plants, when you need to feed them and know your soil. If you are unsure about any of these, come down to the centre where we will help you”


Woldens Garden Centre

Cattlegate Road, Crews Hill, Enfield EN2 9DW • 020 8363 7003

With more than 50 years of experience Woldens Garden Centre has a justifiable reputation for quality and expertise and offers a huge range of trees, shrubs and perennials which are given the best care. Specialising in shrubs and trees the centre starts its Christmas decorations and tree displays planning in the autumn. Christmas trees are a highlight. The centre also stocks a wide range of garden buildings, garden furniture, stoneware, BBQs, garden essentials, wild bird and pet care products, gift ware, cards and books. The café has a great atmosphere where customers can relax and have coffee or lunch while doing their shopping. Stephen Wolden says: “During the run up to Christmas decorations form the centrepiece with displays that are a source of inspiration for customers decorating their homes. Our fresh Christmas trees are handpicked to make sure we can offer the best of the bunch.” www.woldens.co.uk

“Even in September you should still keep dead-heading roses to encourage the last bloom. It is also the best time to prepare vegetable beds ready for the winter veg.”


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Taste the adventure

at four popular Southgate restaurants

Serving up Spain, the Lebanon, India and USA – and it’s all in Southgate La Paella

9 The Broadway, Southgate N14 6PH • 020 8882 7868 Flamenco dance evenings and authentic dishes will transport you instantly to Spain. La Paella was established in Southgate by Miguel and his wife Danka in 1995, bringing the rich tastes of Spain to Southgate in this traditional restaurant on the Broadway. A variety of tapas dishes includes: marinated mixed olives; saffron rice served with mushrooms and mixed vegetables; tortilla, spiced patatas bravas and more.

Choose a main course from an extensive selection that includes: baked hake; chicken with mushrooms in a wine and cream sauce or mixed pinchos – a tasty dish of skewered chorizo, chicken and pork served with chips, vegetables and rice. Finish with one of these delicious desserts: crème brulee, Spanish doughnuts, almond tart or chocolate orange bread and butter pudding served warm with ice cream.





86 Chase Side, Southgate N14 5PH • 020 8886 6244 Nurjenna is an Indian restaurant whose popularity is spreading because it serves delicious dishes in beautiful surroundings with a friendly service.

“If you love Indian cuisine, Nurjenna is a must with traditional favourites from its extensive menu prepared with flair adding original touches that make them unique.”

and herbs which is then cooked for eight hours to produce tender meat flavoured to melt in the mouth. Customers agree that the food looks superb – and tastes even better. Tandoori grills, buffet serving a choice of 22 dishes, takeaway service and a great vegetarian range provide an eating experience to remember and to recommend.

‘Nurjenna Indian’

Special dishes are prepared daily – and others such as lamb shank – marinaded meat for 24 hours in spices





22 The Broadway, Southgate N14 6PH • 020 3583 3438 In just three years Warda has made its mark as one of London’s most popular Lebanese restaurants.

“Serving Middle Eastern favourites at affordable prices this restaurant’s reputation has spread far and wide.” Delicious dips and mezzes that include a wonderful range of beautifully presented dishes of aubergines (the famous baba ghanoush); hoummus, falafel; delicately spiced and marinated meats and fish; and superb salad mixes have earned this restaurant its fine reputation. A set menu of six mezze dishes, mixed meat grill, Lebanese sweets, tea / coffee is £17. An excellent range of Lebanese wines and cocktails makes a meal here very special. www.wardarestaurant.co.uk


Green’s Steakhouse & Grill

52 High Street, Southgate N14 6EB • 020 8882 8833 Green’s Steakhouse & Grill serves the finest ethically sourced steaks and burgers prepared to order. Founded by former food PR man, Brad Green, the restaurant has a relaxed ambience and has rapidly become a popular landmark in North London.

“At Green’s you will feel at home with family and friends eating fresh honest food prepared with the best ingredients by people who care.” Its rustic design, fresh ingredients, knock-out cocktails and background funky jazz give it an inviting welcoming quality where people can spend time enjoying the food and friendly service. www.greenssteakhouse.com


A fashion fix, fresh food, your everyday essentials or just a chance to have fun everything you could want in one place

The choice is amazing • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Asda Lidl Matalan Sports Direct Wilko JD Sports Peacocks Blue Inc Many restaurants and cafes including Costa Coffee 40 market stalls Post Office Library Travelodge Hotel Leisure

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading Footfall continues to increase regeneration specialist, owns with an average of 230,000 and manages Edmonton Green, visitors per week. ensuring that it remains a lively and friendly space for all the community to enjoy.

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Enfield’s Got Talent What links beautiful funky and bespoke gift ideas and the biggest stars on television? Yep, you’ve got it, Enfield’s brightest and best independent online traders! Ant and Dec, of I’m a Celebrity, Saturday Night Takeaway and of course Britain’s Got Talent have already sat up and taken notice of the frankly brilliant stuff being produced in Enfield and so should you. Why? Well here are four excellent reasons to start you off. When it is handmade, original and created especially to your specification it’s worth seeking out. Here are four independent ‘online’ traders making unusual, funky, beautiful and surprising gifts and items for you.



Light up your life with Photoshades Photoshades has already hit the big time with one of its beautiful individual handmade lampshades appearing on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and if you are looking for a funky and fabulous feature you should take a look. Owner, Tanya Yucel’s creations incorporate unique images from the customer to create centrepieces or atmospheric sidelights. Family photos, places of interest, works of art and photos of seriously cute kids can all be used to transform a room in the flick of a switch. Tanya said: “They make a fantastic and unique way to display your favourite images, and wonderful pieces of furniture for yourself or as a very special gift for others.” www.photoshades.co.uk • Tel: 07814 606730

Racheys-Makey-Things – Charming Cotton Creations Another creator who’s caught the eye of Ant and Dec, Rachel Baker creates personalised handmade creations for all occasions using your brilliant ideas and high quality fabrics to make your dream present a reality. Rachel made a personalised gift for Ant and Dec which was a prized possession in their dressing room while recording the last series of Saturday Night Takeaway (see photo). Rachel said: “Bespoke personalisations include names, messages, photographs, and your little ones’ embroidered hand and foot prints. I can also turn those precious baby clothes you can’t bring yourself to part with into a memory quilt! Practicality is always considered, all items are machine washable.” Racheys Makey Things Email: racheysmakeythings@gmail.com • Tel: 07540 263323



EN50 – Funking brilliant After fun, funky and fabulous artwork? There’s a website for that. A recent addition to the online scene, EN50 takes its name from the Enfield Postcode and nods to the 50th anniversary of the creation of the borough. EN50 combines fascinating facts, people and pride and it’s a one stop shop to get limited edition artworks, t-shirts and much more to celebrate the rich diversity of Enfield, Southgate and Edmonton. It’s also home to the only living beast of Enfield – the heraldic mascot of the borough. Far from being a ‘beast’ the Enfield visits schools and events to have fun and promote the hidden side of the borough’s rich history. Visit the Boutique section of www.enfield50.com


Zinfinity – Stylish and ecologically friendly jewellery Zoe White, the creator and owner of Zinfinity describes herself as a maker of jewellery and body adornment, specialising in material combinations. She experiments with unusual items such as faux turf: melting it, stretching it and then combining it with precious materials such as sterling silver. In doing so she creates jewellery which is stylish and unusual and uses materials that consider the environment. And best of all Zinfinty runs workshops where people of all ages can create their own bespoke and fabulous jewellery – or create giant artefacts in glowing, sparkling colours – if that’s what they’d prefer. www.zinfinity.co.uk Tel: 07944 974891


Y IT L A E R O T IN S TURN YOUR DREAM Days competition with our Red Letter We have joined forces with Southgate-based Red Letter Days to give one lucky winner an experience they will never forget! The Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis owned company has kindly donated a £150 voucher for our winner to spend at www.redletterdays.co.uk A vast array of gifts and experiences are available including theatre trips, pamper weekends, adrenaline challenges, hot air ballooning and driving sessions. There is also a section for kids so you can take the whole family on an adventure. To be in with a chance to win this great prize then tell us which TV show are Peter Jones and Theo Paphitis known for? A – Dungeons & Dragons B – Dragons’ Den C – The Apprentice To enter please email your answer to enjoy@enfield.gov.uk with the subject ‘Competition’. Please also include your name, address and telephone number. Competition closes 31st October 2016.

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Enfield’s Markets

You can’t beat a good market where great quality products and low prices combine to keep punters happy and visiting in their droves, and Enfield is particularly blessed in this area with no fewer than three top notch offerings in the borough. The first market in the borough was almost certainly held in Enfield Town – on the orders of King Edward I – in 1303 and has been a weekly fixture ever since. Markets have always been a low cost, low risk route to starting up a business and they have thrived in the borough giving traders a start and also attracting shoppers to established shopping areas, helping them to flourish and thrive in even the most difficult economic periods.

Making its Mark-et Award winning Enfield Town Market has had a special place in the heart of the borough since it was first granted a charter by King Edward I and since then it has gone from strength to strength – culminating in the market winning the Best Large Community Market award from the National Association of British Market Authorities in January 2016. The win was a brilliant reward for the management team of the

market who launched its major regeneration the previous year to improve the quality of the stalls and goods on offer, aiming to make the market the best in North London. The Enfield market is held in trust for the benefit of people working and living in the ancient parish boundary, and contributes around £250,000 of grants and financial assistance to good causes each year – administered by The Old Enfield Charitable Trust. With a mix of traders ranging from veterans of more than 40 years’ experience, to second generation businesses and start-ups offering food, clothing, gifts and much more means Enfield Town Market provides a vibrant offer and gives shoppers all manner of reasons to pay a visit. Open Thursday to Saturday 9am – 4.30pm www.enfieldmarket.co.uk


Full steam ahead to the people’s market Historically railways opened up enormous opportunities to areas like Edmonton Green, and it was with the opening of a new station in the late 18th century that a growing working class population came to Lower Edmonton. This encouraged housing development and a marketplace became established as a centrepiece for the new village known as Edmonton Green. By the early 20th century it had evolved into a bustling street market with fruit & vegetable barrows and food stalls, and became what some have described as a ‘raucous Cockney centre’ being the venue for travelling circuses and fairs. Whilst the physical environment of the market has changed beyond recognition over the past century – evolving from an open-air street market to the 40 permanent indoor pitches you see today – its original charm has remained unchanged; a key factor in its success. At the heart of this is a feeling of community spirit, a vibrant hub of activity that draws customers into the


centre of Edmonton Green and its surrounding shopping malls of national retailers and independent stores. With the market’s strong connection with the local community, traders are highly attuned to their customers’ requirements and continually adapt their product offer to respond to shifts in the demographic of the local population. A great example are the fruit and vegetable traders offering an array of exotic foreign produce sitting alongside the more traditional homegrown varieties. Elsewhere in the market square, there is a huge variety of ethnic goods, reflecting the diversity of Edmonton Green; from African fabrics to Caribbean cuisine, exclusive Turkish jewellery and home furnishings to Mauritian takeaway food and groceries, alongside an eclectic mix of beauty products, clothing and homewares. Not only does the market meet the requirements of shoppers, it also serves the social needs of many local residents who enjoy the familiarity of the market and continuity of service they receive from traders. In this sense, it really is the people’s market. Open Monday to Saturday 9am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm www.edmontongreencentre.co.uk

Hand picked to perfection The Sidings N21 decided to handpick the best, most hardworking traders they could find and give them the chance to showcase their produce and get a fair price for it. But there is more to the Sidings N21 than that! It is also a purposebuilt market that looks after the interests of the local community in Winchmore Hill and is owned by people focusing on bringing a wide variety of quality produce to everyone in the local area.

Located next to the Winchmore Hill railway station, right by the village green, The Sidings N21 strives to showcase the excellent goods that stallholders are producing and to support the rural economy and employment in the area, building and helping the local community grow. Originally used as a garden centre, the spacious location is ideal for a farmers market. Anyone who is interested in high-quality seasonal or local foods, chefs, craftsmen, antique dealers or collectors should pay it a visit. Open every Sunday 9am – 2pm 62 Station Road, N21 3NG www.thesidingsn21.co.uk



Free and easy

The popular saying the best things in life are free is especially true of the world class leisure facilities in Enfield that are just shouting out to be explored and they won’t cost you a penny. Whether it’s history buffs hunting down the homes of some truly famous former residents or ambling around the iconic Forty Hall; nature lovers keen to explore the hundreds of fabulous parks and open spaces which make Enfield one of the greenest boroughs in London; or sporty types ready to sample the delights of free sporting facilities, green gyms and the fantastic leisure facilities at the Lee Valley Regional Park, there’s something for everyone. History first, Enfield has been around for a while and oozes history from every pore. Given that there have been settlements in the borough for hundreds of years, it’s perhaps not surprising that the area boasts its fair share of famous sons and daughters

who have helped to shape the United Kingdom into the country it is today. A little known fact is that there are 47 commemorative blue plaques in the borough which mark the addresses of famous people or notable events, while dedicated history buffs could happily while away a weekend finding them all. If you are short of time, we’ve identified a few highlights which demonstrate the borough’s remarkable past. Probably the most notable plaques in Enfield (see box) are the home of formidable Prime Minister Pitt the Elder, NSPCC founder Benjamin Waugh, World War One Field Marshall John French, world famous poet John Keats, the site of the world’s first cashpoint and British

Blue Plaques in Enfield Borough William Pitt (The Elder) lived at South Lodge near 44 Merryhills Drive, N2 Benjamin Waugh On 33 The Green, N14 (Now Salcombe Pre-School) Field Marshall John French Bulls Cross, EN2 First cashpoint Barclays Bank 20 The Town, Enfield Town, EN2 John Keats 3 Keats Parade, Church Street, N9 Charles Coward 133 Chichester Road, Edmonton, N9 Full list – search for ‘blue plaques’ on www.enfield.gov.uk


soldier Charles Coward who rescued an estimated 400 Jewish prisoners from the Nazi death camp Auschwitz while imprisoned in a neighbouring Prisoner of War camp. If blue plaques have piqued your interest you can explore more about the borough’s link to royalty – both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I were partial to staying in the borough from time to time and visited the Elsyng Palace, which was demolished in the 17th century. The ruins of the Elsyng Palace are now situated in the grounds of Enfield’s famous mansion House – Forty Hall, which is coincidentally open to the public, completely free of charge and a brilliant day out to boot. The Local Studies centre at Thomas Hardy House in Enfield identifies, acquires and conserves materials that document the history of Enfield and makes these records available to residents and visitors. You can visit free of charge and explore unique historical documents dating back to the 13th century. Enfield Museum, situated in the same building hosts a permanent exhibition ‘Enfield Life’ which features objects used or manufactured in Enfield from ancient times to the present day. There is an additional themed exhibition and the current one is ‘The Enfield Society: 80 years of action’ which is running until the 8th January 2017.

Away from the borough’s past, the present also has plenty to offer, Enfield has ten Green flag parks waiting to be explored. Many parks have green gyms to help you get in shape and there are hundreds of football, tennis and other sports pitches dotted around the borough as well as the United Kingdom’s only outdoor speed skating track in Tatem Park. So dust off those roller skates and give it a try. Then there is the 26 mile long 100,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park, complete with award winning open spaces, London 2012 Olympic venues (though you’ll have to pay to get in), farms, walks, fishing, cycling, bird watching and much more. The 50 mile-long Lee Valley Walk can be attempted, or if you don’t fancy going the whole distance, there is a shorter 13 mile stretch which winds its way through Enfield and is perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon. The Enfield stretch starts in Broxbourne and ends at Walthamstow Marshes taking in attractions such as Turnford and Cheshunt Pits, the Broxbourne White Water Centre, Royal Gunpowder Mills and the former Enfield Royal Small Arms Factory. Tell us where you’ve visited, take some photos whilst you’re out and about and share on social media using #EnjoyEnfield.




Blasts from the past Eastern Enfield armed the British Empire with rifles, bayonets and swords but now the area is embracing different kinds of cutting edge technology.


Nestling on a marshy island bordered by the River Lea and the River Lee Navigation, The Enfield Royal Small Arms factory was constructed after the Napoleonic Wars ended in 1815 to produce cheap good quality firearms to the British Army.

The World Famous Lee-Enfield Rifle, Bren light machine gun and Sten sub-machine gun were all designed or produced at the Royal Small Arms factory which eventually closed in 1963 after playing a huge role in Great Britain’s victories in the two World Wars.

It initially used water power to drive machinery and the rivers were used to transport raw materials and finished products to the River Thames and beyond.

But industry in Enfield predates guns, guns and more guns, the Ponders End Flour Mill is the oldest working industrial building in Enfield.

By 1860 the factory was producing 1,744 rifles a week and by 1887 there were 16 steam engines running massed production lines which employed 2,400 people.

The present buildings date from the late 18th century but there has been a mill on the site since at least the late 16th century and possibly since Domesday. It is still operating today and is now run by Wright’s Baking.



Other early industry around Ponders End was leather tanning – using oak bark, but had none of the longevity of the mill and became virtually extinct by the 18th century. Grout and Baylis’ Crepe mill was established in Ponders End in 1809. A gas works opened in Angel Edmonton in 1847 and Ponders End in 1859 and other factories around the time included a jute mill and linoleum factories. These early factories in Eastern Enfield were established in the early 19th century with the development of the predominantly rural area around Enfield Highway driven by the railways, which began to grow rapidly in the 1840s.

set up to power the borough’s new electric trams, but surplus electricity was soon being sold for domestic use.

Enfield’s industrial revolution however really began with the construction of Brimsdown Power Station in 1903 which was initially

Ediswan took over the former jute mill at Ponders End in 1886 and adapted it for the manufacture of electric light bulbs and later radio valves. Belling started making electric fires in Enfield in 1912 and expanded to produce electric water heaters, cookers and immersion heaters by 1920 and a former Belling employee, subsequently set up the Edmonton switchgear firm, M K Electric. Meanwhile other important industries such as market gardening and brick making were also thriving.


“By 1860 the factory was producing 1,744 rifles a week and by 1887 there were 16 steam engines running massed production lines which employed 2,400 people.” The construction of the Cambridge Arterial Road in 1924 and steady and consistent improvements to rail links helped improve links to central London and the wider Lee Valley and given industry in Eastern Enfield a boost. Nowadays there are major regeneration schemes in place along the east of Enfield set to create thousands of new jobs at superb sites for business. By providing world class facilities for industry, businesses such as Kelvin Hughes – the market innovator for radar sensors and systems – can create the next generation of high tech products from Enfield and continue to demonstrate that the borough is home to innovation. For more information on the history of Enfield please search for ‘local studies’ on www.enfield.gov.uk



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