Exploring the Borough of Enfield


Enfield is the northernmost borough of London. It was formed during the mid-1960s and is one of the largest boroughs in the English capital with an area of 31.74 square miles. It is home to an estimate of 325.000 people and has a density rate of 10.000 inhabitants per square mile. Enfield is the location of several internationally known neighbourhoods, landmarks and touristic sites.

Crews Hill lies in the northern parts of the borough and is one of London’s least populous areas as it has a population of less than 600. The noted junction of Charing Cross is situated at exactly twelve miles from the district which is known throughout the city for its numerous gardens, green spaces and plant nurseries. Crews Hill, EN2, is connected to the other parts of the English capital by its own railway station which sits on the Hertford Loop Line. The rail link is used by approximately 120.000 people on an annual basis. The Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is perhaps the area’s most noted landmark. The district is also home to the Crews Hill Golf Course which was established by footballer John White during the mid-1910s. It is considered to be one of London’s best golf clubs.

enfield-lockThe area of Enfield Lock, EN3, has a population of over 15.000 and is adjacent to the districts of Brimsdown, Freezywater, Rammey Marsh, Enfield Island Village and Enfield Wash. The area is home to the Oasis Academy Enfield which is one of the best secondary schools in the city. It was founded in 2007 and presently provides top tier secondary education to boys and girls from the ages of 11 to 18. Enfield Lock is served by its own railway station which dates back to the mid-19th century and sits on two lines from the National Railway Network. Studies show that over 1.3 million passengers use the services of the station.

The above mentioned district of Enfield Wash is popular among Londoners for being the site of Albany Park. The public green space was created during the first years of the 20th century and honours, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, the youngest son of Queen Victoria, who died in 1884 at the modest age of 30. The area is mainly inhabited by commuters who work in the other parts of the English capital. It is served by a number of bus routes whiles the nearest rail links are situated in the districts of Enfield and Enfield Lock.

Edmonton is one of Enfield’s most famous and visited areas. It has a population of about 100.000 and lies at approximately nine miles from the intersection of Charing Cross. The district is home to several well-known places of interest such as:

  • All Saints’ Church
  • Angel Place
  • Edmonton Central Library
  • Lamb’s Cottage
  • Millfield House
  • Salisbury House
  • The Crescent
  • North Middlesex Hospital

Pymmes Park is beyond any doubt the most popular green space in Edmonton, N18. The garden dates back to the 14th century when it was created as part of an estate owned by Willliam Pymme. It was transformed into a public park in 1906 and today is one of London’s most beautiful green spaces. Pymmes Park is identified as a Site of Archaeological Importance and a Local Importance of Nature Conservation site.

Enfield Town, EN1, is classified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London. The district has a population of 15.000 residents and is one of the borough’s most important areas. The White House is arguably the district’s most prominent landmark. The building dates back to the early 19th century and was owned by renowned English publisher, Joseph Whitaker who founded Whitaker’s Almanack. Enfield Town is known throughout the globe for being the site where the world’s first ATM machine was installed.

The district of Enfield Highway, EN3, lies in the northeastern parts of the Borough of Enfield and has a population of approximately 16.000 inhabitants. The area is home to several prominent educational facilities including Enfield College, St. Ignatius’ College and Bishop Stopford’s School. St. James’ Church is considered to be the district’s main landmark. It was built during the early 1830s and designed by William Conrad Lochner. The church is classified as a Grade II edifice by the local authorities.