Published on:03 September 2017
Many of Enfield’s wonderful venues will be opening their doors to visitors during Open House London, the capital’s biggest architecture festival.
- Open House London takes place on 16 and 17 September
- Many venues will be participating across Enfield for free
- A broad range of architectural periods and types of buildings are on show
Many of Enfield’s wonderful venues will be opening their doors to visitors for free during Open House London, the capital’s biggest festival of architecture.
On the weekend of 16 and 17 September, Enfield will be participating in the city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play.
Enfield has some marvellous and varied examples of architecture that can be visited this weekend. The oldest is thought to be the Parish Church of St. Andrew in Enfield Town, dating back to the twelfth century. From the 21st century, one site to visit is the Deephams Sewage Treatment Works, London’s fourth-largest sewage works, based in Picketts Lock.
Other gems include Christ Church Southgate, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott which includes stained glass by Morris & Co., and Grade II listed Salisbury House, a fine example of late-Elizabethan architecture, rumoured to be home to its own ghost. The Royal Small Arms Factory and Queen Elizabeth II Stadium also join the list. A complete run-down of participating venues can be seen below.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration & Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “Enfield has a diverse range of buildings – we have examples of Elizabethan architecture, Gothic revival, fine examples from the Victorian industrial period all the way to unique 20th and 21st century buildings that have a civic as well as an architectural interest.
“Enfield Council is keen to identify and where possible preserve local landmarks as part of its growth and sustainability commitment. We are very proud to have a fantastic line-up of buildings opening their doors to the public this weekend. Many venues will also have some fun activities for families, and several are run by very willing and knowledgeable volunteers, so please come and explore our fantastic borough and the diverse architecture it has to offer.“
You can find more information about the weekend at Open House London [[https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/]]. For more on heritage and conservation, please go to Enfield Council’s website [[https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/planning/heritage-conservation-and-countryside/]].
Enfield’s participating buildings are:
Christ Church Southgate and the Minchenden Oak Garden
Deephams Sewage Treatment Works
Forty Hall & Estate
King George V Pumping Station
Lee Valley Athletic Centre
Old Vestry Offices
Parish Church of St. Andrew, Enfield
Priory Hospital North London
Queen Elizabeth II Stadium
Royal Small Arms Factory
St. Mary Magdalene Church
Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House & Burial Ground