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Volunteers honoured as local heritage heroes

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15 November 2017

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Volunteers from across the borough were honoured in a ceremony with the Mayor of Enfield, thanking them for their hard work in creating the Local Heritage List.

- Volunteers thanked by the Mayor of Enfield for their work on the Local Heritage List

- The List contains landmarks from across the borough that are of local interest

- Over 30 volunteers gave their time to help identify the best candidates

Volunteers from across the borough were honoured in a ceremony with the Mayor of Enfield (14 November), thanking them for their hard work in creating the Local Heritage List.

The list contains buildings, archaeological sites, landmarks and designed landscapes that have been identified as having local heritage interest, are important to the community and have a positive benefit to Enfield.

A survey of every street in the borough was undertaken and a list was created with the help of over 30 volunteers alongside Enfield Council, The Enfield Society, environment specialists Urban Vision CIC, Enfield Conservation Advisory Group, Enfield Local History and Historic England.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “Enfield is a borough rich in history and our cultural heritage is embedded in these wonderful landmarks. Every item on the list has a tale to tell about our exciting and strong communities and it is only right that we do what we can to conserve these local assets for the future.

“Enfield Council would like to thank every volunteer for their help in creating this list. Their time and enthusiasm has been invaluable.”

Over 500 landmarks across the borough were put forward for consideration and the list was whittled down to around 260 places of interest. The list is truly surprising. There are of course the usual, beautiful homes with architectural merit. However there are some unexpected gems; the rare, red post boxes featuring the royal cipher of Edward VIII, who reigned for less than a year before abdication; Enfield’s cast iron directional finger posts; Oakwood Park’s ice well; and the Cockfosters water tower erected in 1968.

The list, which hadn’t been updated since 1974, can be viewed here: https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/planning/heritage-conservation-and-countryside/listed-buildings/

For further information, please contact heritage@enfield.gov.uk, and use the term Local Heritage List in the subject heading. If you are interested in volunteering, there are many opportunities across Enfield. Please go to www.enfield.gov.uk/heroes to read more about giving up your time in your community.