10 facts about Eastern Enfield and Edmonton

All Saints Church, Edmonton
All Saints Church, Edmonton
All Saints Church, Edmonton

1

All Saints Church on Church Street is the oldest building in Edmonton, dating back to the 15th century.

2

Edmonton appears in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is recorded as Adelmetone, ‘a farmstead or estate of a man called Ēadhelm’, from an Old English personal name.

Pymmes Park, Enfield
Pymmes Park

3

Pymmes Park originated as a private estate. In the late 16th century it was owned by the powerful Cecil family.

4

Wright’s Flour Mill is the oldest working industrial building in Enfield.

Wrights Flour Mill, Enfield
Wrights Flour Mill

5

The laugh-out-loud roller skating scene from the 1970s Brit comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was filmed on the streets of Edmonton.

6

Films that have been shot in Eastern Enfield include Mike Leigh’s Life Is Sweet and Learners, starring David Tennant.

7

In the 16th Century, Enfield Highway was known as Cocksmiths End and Enfield Wash was known as Horsepoolstones.

8

Famous former residents of Eastern Enfield include Russell Kane, Stephen Mangan, David Jason, Larry Lamb and Bruce Forsyth.

Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield
Royal Small Arms Factory

9

The area that is now Enfield Island Village used to be home to Royal Small Arms Factory which opened in 1816. The factory produced British military rifles, muskets and swords for over 170 years.

10

Green Street hit the world news in 1970s with reports of paranormal activity in a house on the street. Recordings at the house captured a variety of unexplained incidents that plagued the occupiers, including banging on the walls and moving furniture witnessed by police and journalists. To this day there is no explanation as to what happened.

For more information on local history, visit the heritage section on the main Enfield Council website.

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