History & heritage

Features

  • A brief history of Enfield

    Edmonton Town Hall circa 1945Enfield can trace its roots back to Roman times with a Roman settlement established near Ermine Street in Bush Hill Park. Read feature »
  • 10 facts about Eastern Enfield and Edmonton

    All Saints Church, EdmontonFamous former residents of Eastern Enfield include Russell Kane, Stephen Mangan, David Jason, Larry Lamb and Bruce Forsyth. Read feature »
  • 8 facts about Enfield Town and North Enfield

    Pearsons department store on Church Street, Enfield, circa 1975Enfield was first recorded in Domesday Book as a small settlement called Enefelde. Read feature »
  • 8 facts about Southgate and Palmers Green

    Arnos Grove was owned by the Nuns Of Clerkenwell, until the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 16th Century. Read feature »
  • Blasts From The Past

    A tram on Fore StreetEastern Enfield armed the British Empire with rifles, bayonets and swords, but now the area is embracing different kinds of cutting edge technology. Read feature »
  • Step back in time

    The proprietors of Claud W. Dennis in EnfieldA glimpse into the historic past of Southgate coffee shop Claud W. Dennis. Read feature »
  • The Diverting History of John Gilpin

    An illustration of John Gilpin riding a brown horseA brief history of William Cowper’s comic poem, which put Edmonton on the map in the Eighteenth century. Read feature »
  • Enfield Literati

    John Keats photoEnfield has rich associations with writers, poets and essayists we take a look at the borough’s literary heritage. Read feature »
  • Enfield’s market Makers

    Enfield Market is celebrating the 400th anniversary of its charter in 2018 but the history of the market goes back much further. Read feature »

Listings

  • Enfield Museum

    The collections at Enfield Museum, located at the Dugdale Centre, contain prized artefacts from all across the borough, including items previously on display at Forty Hall and those rescued from the 1984 fire at Broomfield House. The roughly 15,000 artefacts illustrate the local, social and political history of Enfield and include a social history collection, a fine and applied art collection, natural history specimens and archaeological artefacts. Also keep an eye out for temporary exhibitions. For information visit here.

  • Forty Hall

    Forty Hall, Enfield

    Forty Hall at Forty Hill is one of the borough’s most famous landmarks and the site of another of its ancient monuments – Elsyng Palace, the former palace of both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. The current hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house and the former home of Sir Nicholas Rainton, Lord Mayor of London. Forty Hall is a heritage visitor attraction with fine architecture and stunning period rooms, as well as regular tours and exhibitions. Also look out workshops, family events and children’s activities. The park provides 110 hectares of open parkland, woodland and beautiful gardens. Visit the website

  • The Royal Small Arms Interpretation Centre

    Outside Royal Small Arms Centre circa 1900

    The Royal Small Arms Interpretation Centre in Enfield Island Village has pictures and exhibits showing what it was like to live and work at the Royal Small Arms Factory (1816 to 1988), which was famed for producing the Lee Enfield rifle and the Sten gun. Visit the website

  • Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

    Based around the Whitewebbs Pumping Station, this is one of the last pumping stations built during the 19th Century to support the flow of water along the New River. It offers a range of exhibitions, activities and vehicles for visitors of all ages. The museum is managed by Enfield and District Veteran Vehicle Society which also organises the annual Pageant of Motoring. Visit the website