EN2 (Enfield) area guide

EN2
Enfield
To the north, EN2 is bordered by the M25. Its eastern boundary follows Bulls Cross, Forty Hill and Baker Street. The southern boundary drops a little below Windmill Hill, Slades Hill and Enfield Road. The western boundary stays slightly west of The Ridgeway.

The EN2 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Chase, Cockfosters, Crews Hill Station, Enfield, Enfield Chase Station, Gordon Hill Station, Grange, Hertfordshire, Highlands, Northaw, Southbury and The Ridgeway.
Historically, Enfield was a group of small communities dispersed lightly around the royal hunting grounds of Enfield Chase. In the 11th century, the time of the Doomsday Book, the area was spelt ‘Enefelde’, and had a priest who almost certainly resided in St. Andrews Church. By the mid sixteenth century, most of the basic street layout had been completed. The village green later became the historic marketplace between the church and where the fountain now stands. To this day, a parish owned charity market is still operated in this area.

In Roman times, Enfield was connected to Londinium by the great Roman road that stretched all the way to York. Human settlement in the area is shown through artefacts which were found in the early 20th century in the Bush Hill Park and Edmonton areas.

In 790, it was written that King Offa was meant to give the lands of Edmonton to St. Albans Abbey. After East Anglia was taken over by the Danes, the area became strategically important. Following the transfer of land ownership, strongholds were built by men loyal to King Alfred the Great in order to keep the Danes to the east of the River Lea.

After the Norman Conquest, both Enfield and Edmonton were mentioned in the Domesday Book. Enfield is also described as having a "parc." A parc is a forested area that would have been used for hunting. It is believed that the huntable forest area was key to Enfield’s existence in the Middle Ages. Wealthy Londoners would come to Enfield first to hunt, and then to build houses in the wooded surroundings.

During the Elizabethan period, the Royal Palace of Enfield stood on the same spot as the present-day Palace Gardens Shopping Centre stands today. Nothing of the Royal Palace remains apart from a carved stone fireplace in one of the houses on Gentleman’s Row (a street of old houses next to Enfield Town centre).
The most active part of the area is south of Enfield Town Centre, in between the Great Cambridge Road, Church Street and Village Road. There are a variety of property types in the postcode district, but the most commonly found are Victorian terraces and larger Edwardian semi-detached. Many of the properties in the area are highly desirable and demand high asking prices. Property becomes more affordable the closer they are to the A10. For twentieth century 3 bedroom semi-detached homes, asking prices are around £300,000. There are also a number of modern high-rise blocks of flats, ideal for first time buyers, as well as Georgian family houses.

Properties in this area are ideal for those who commute to central London, but want to live in more suburban surroundings.
There are many places of interest in EN2. These include, Crews Hill Golf Course - a public golf course on Whitewebbs Lane. Another golf course in the area is Enfield Municipal Golf Course.

There are a number of open green spaces and historic buildings in the area, including Whitewebbs Park and Forty Hall Manor and Country Park. This is a manor with gardens, both of which can be explored by the general public. Many events and exhibitions are held here. Another interesting building is Capel Manor, which is home of Capel Manor College and boasts model gardens which are open to the public. Built in red brick, the 18th century house was remodelled in 1908 in late 17th century style. There are also a number of garden centres and nurseries around EN2.

For a fun day trip, try Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, which is open from 9am till 4pm, every Tuesday and the last Sunday of every month. This venue is also used for various events. Myddelton House is an interesting structure and is the headquarters of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. Pied Bull is a public house which was built in 1652.

There are a number of shopping options in the area, including The Palace Exchange Shopping Centre in Enfield Town.

Transportation in the area includes: Gordon Hill railway station (which travels to Moorgate and Kings Cross) in zone 5, Crews Hill station - the next station past Gordon Hill (in zone 6) and Enfield Chase station - the next station from Gordon Hill in the opposite direction (in zone 5). There are also a number of bus services which serve the area.

There are a number of pubs and bars in the are, such as Bar Me on The Town Street, Cricketers on Chase Side Place, The Crown and Horseshoes on Horseshoe Lane, The Goose at the George on The Town Street, The Kings Head on Market Place, The Moon Under Water on Chase Side, Pied Bull on Bulls Cross and The Plough on Cattlegate Road.