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Calling all Charlottes


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Buckle & Vaughan invite you to brunch

Bush Hill Park Golf Club summer offers

Coaching For Happiness free offer

Enfield Golf Club Summer Membership Offer

Enfield Golf Club Ladies Summer Membership Offer

GLEE Choir taster

Tuesdays at Giovanni's

Grange Park Horticultural Society Trading Hut Offers

Greek On The Green Lobster Burger Offer

Cardio Tennis at Hazelwood Sports Club

Hobbs, Knobs & Ovens BBQ offer

Le Peloton Bike Servicing

Monkey Music Complementary Class

Free taster for Montessori Baby Groups

North London Fitness Free Taster

On Broadway 2 for 1 Thursdays

Parlez vour Francais?

Punto Mid Week Specials

The Salisbury Arms Summer Menu

Trent Park Golf Club Player Evaluation Offer

Vicars Moor Tennis Club free coaching








N21 Experts


How to write a design brief


Neil Littman provides a check list

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The Pension Pot Dilemma


Three local wealth managment experts

share their views

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Exam revision made easy



Vassos Vassilou provides useful tips for staying on track

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Helpful hints for hay fever sufferers




Kim Knight explores how nutrition can play an important role in reducing the misery of hayfever 

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Sprucing up your home for a Spring sale



 Kris White provides some useful tips

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Keep It simple, stupid!


says Nutritionist Denise Chester

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 Is stress ruining your life?


asks Stacey Chapman

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How well do you understand your responsibilies as a dog owners?



Clare Grierson provides some useful guidance

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What's New in N21



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New dancing classes

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Interesting in getting back into hockey or squash?


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 Rugby Tots are also recruiting


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Join The Friends of Grovelands Park

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Become a Friend of Firs Farm

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Join The Grange Park Horticultural Society

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The North London Organic Gardeners

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Local Residents Associations

Fox Lane & District Residents Association

Grange Park Residents Association

Grovelands Residents Association

Western Enfield Residents Association

Winchmore Hill Residents Association






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2015 Planning Applications

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N21 Estate Agents


Path building in Firs Farm Park

"20 volunteers, plus materials donated to the Friends of Firs Farm Park by Travis Perkins and Edmonton Rotary Club. How lovely is that? Good old community spirit - we cannot do without it. Long may it continue in our lovely leafy Winchmore Hill."




New & Updated Business Pages



Alexander Technique with Esther

Bright & Beautiful Homecare


Deco Floors

Junior Golf @ Enfield Golf Club

Fortitude Dance Company

Greens Gardenng Services

Hobs, Knobs & Ovens

Kiki Flooring

The Kings Head

Lishi Tai Chi


Minsky Home

Minsky Kids

Naturescape Gardens

Neil Littman Design

New River Restaurant


The Larder



N21 News

Why is the Cheyne Walk "Open" Space still closed?


asks John Oliver



Ralph Hutchings was a volunteer working with conservators after the first Broomfield House fire, to remove the famous Lanscroon Murals for preservation. Behind the murals, buried in the bricks of the wall, they found a lead box, which contained three small bottles and a note.

The story that unfolded is stranger than fiction.....

Watch the video of his story here...



Is the ancient Terror of the Winchmore Witches rising once more?


Application to have the Green Dragon listed as an

Asset of Community Value has been resubmitted



" What has our society come to that we should value convenience food more than community??"

Sharon McClean, Founder of Save The Green Dragon


Save The Green Dragon open letter

to Enfield Councillors

regarding to grant the pub

Asset of Community Value appliation

more details here


Green Lanes Investments Statement regarding Waitrose

"Our plan all along has been to keep the site in economic use, providing jobs and services to local people. There have been a number of untrue rumours surrounding the site, but we can confirm it has not been sold to Aldi and it will not be knocked down. We are a long way down the line in discussions with another high-end retail operator that we believe will be very popular with neighbouring residents and future staff. We will make a further announcement when details are available."


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Planning permission has been submitted to make

The Sidings market space permanent 


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2015 competition is now open

Download an entry form and find details on how to sponsor a a flower bed


Do you live in Grange Park?




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Grange Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal report 

This is how Enfield Council chose to 'inform' Grange Park residents about the report!






Eversley School mums say slow down



Read the May Safer Neighbourhood Newsletter







N21 New Business


The Larder reopens



Meet Michael and Gabi

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Coffee Break


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I agree that they have really found a nice blend that should suit everyone. The coffee is excellent, and probably the most important aspect.I will certainly be returning to sample some more coffee and food.

 Keith N21 Resident



Adephia Continental Foods



A taste of Greece in Winchmore Hill

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The Winchmore opens on June 6th



Meet Eimear and Mark 

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Picture of the Week

The Phone Box on the Green has had a lick of paint


but does anyone every use it?







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Can you support Jamie Oliver's campaign to force governnments across the world to teach children how to grow and cook fresh, nutritious food?







Order your Kids Mini Patch Veg Pack 

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 Ten Reasons Why You Should

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High streets are not just about shopping, they are 'social streets' and leisure destinations with coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and more.

What do you think makes a really great high street?

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 Homecare Preferred

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Have you reserved your free tickets yet?

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Ruth Winston Centre - why it is such an important community asset








Watch the Cycle Enfield new video to find out how the cycle scheme will help

"local businesses and high streets thrive and make them more more accessible pleasant places to visit"











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View the Cyle Enfield proposed routes here



Malcolm McGrath of Keymakers explains his concerns about the Green Lanes cycle lane proposals

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Why Green Lanes businesses should be afraid, very afraid

Former Enfield Traffic Engineer Robert Taylor assesses the potential problems for our Green Lanes businesses 



Cycle from Enfield to Haringey with Paul Smith

not for the faint hearted!

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Local Community Groups


Join the Park Run in Grovelands Park 


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Join the Enfield Freegle Group here




 Twenty is Plenty in Winchmore Hill

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What makes the North London Hospice so special?


Chickenshed Theatre Changing Lives





Winchmore Hill People & Pictures: A labour of love

on Thursday, 15 December 2011. Posted in N21 Community




Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin. It is a book in two parts, the first section which makes up the largest proportion of the book is oral history, described by Stuart as “a new set of accounts from ordinary people”; gained through a series of interviews over the past five years; The second half of the book, “the Great & the Good” includes potted biographies of some of Winchmore Hill’s most distinguished former residents and families.


Stuart has been researching and writing about the history of Winchmore Hill and its past residents since the 1970s. His first Winchmore Lives was published in 1991 and More Winchmore Lives a decade later, in 2004. His latest book, Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is a book to dip into, rather than read from cover to cover. It is self published and perhaps would have benefitted from a little editorial pruning. Nevertheless, the book is a real labour of love, involving hundreds of hours of detailed research and writing and Delvin continues to do a service to the local area, retelling the stories of a number of people who have sadly died since they were interviewed.


Some of the oldest WH residents he interviewed recalled stories from both world wars; “vivid memories of seeing the Zeppelin shot down over Cuffley in the summer of 1916, whilst the V1 attack on Carpenter Gardens in the summer of 1944 is etched people’s minds”; and “on 15th November 1944, a V2 rocket landed in Ringwood Way”. Mr Tragis, born in 1929 talks about the public bomb shelter on The Green, “just down a bit from the horse trough” (opposite the Kings Head), which he described as dank and hardly ever used.


The book contains some rich insights of a time not so long ago when Winchmore Hill was truly a village, beautifully illustrated in the collection of photograpahs he has brought together from a variety of sources, including private family photos.


Harry Skinner, who was born in 1912 and was interviewed in Delvin in 2005, talked about his Winchmore Hill childhood  “Winchmore Hill was still a lovely country place with fields all the way to Enfield. ..... I can remember scrumpying in the grounds of Southwell Farm, between the Hall and the New River, and climbing up an oak tree in Paulin’s grounds to watch the cricket. What a good service the family did when they left the grounds to the club”. Winchmore Hill Cricket Ground was founded in 1880 and the land was left to the Club in 1960 by Irene Paulin, on a 99 year lease.


While Alf, born in Wades Hill in 1920 recalled “the fine livestock in Paulin’s fields, as you walked alongside the Broadfields estate in Wades Hill”.


Colin Wackett, a war baby, born in 1945, speaks about the late 1950s as being a golden era : “You ask when the area was at its best as far as I’m concerned.  I would opt for the late 1950s. After that it changed quite suddenly. Up until 1960 there was a real family centred community feeling and all the children were able to get into their homes without a key because the front doors had been left on the latch”. Colin goes on to blame “the more extensive use of the motorcar” for the demise of the strong local community.


The book contains lots of interesting little facts about the local area. For example, in the 1940s and 50s at the top of Orpington Road was a factory run by a Thomas Salter, which made jigsaw puzzles. Bourne Hill used to be called Dog and Duck Lane, which is where the pub of that name in Hoppers Lane will have got its name.  Where Barrowell Green rubbish dump now stands was Barrowell Green lido, which opened in 1913. Capitol House in Green Lanes was formerly the site of this vast cinema, shown below.


There are over a hundred photographs, some dating back to the 1880s. Stuart has kindly allowed some of these to be reproduced, here are a few to whet your appetite. They depict a simpler, quieter, not necessarily easier life and the book is a fascinating insight into what has changed and what has remained broadly the same over the past one hundred years or so.



The motor car and the coming of the railway in 1871 was to accelerate residential development. This image, a postcard which was franked in 1904 shows the line between Winchmore Hill and Grange Park, as open countryside.




Not much call for saddlery and corn in Winchmore Hill these days and sadly you have to drive out of the area for ironmongery and all those other useful bits & bobs you only seem to be able to find in a DIY superstore these days.



The book also looks at some of the families who had lived in the local area for hundreds of years. The Downes family were well known shop keepers.



Life before we had mass car ownership was so much quieter, although many of the residential roads were not tarmac until the late 1920s




Station Road and the Queens Head nearly a century ago are much the same, although the Queens Head was rebuilt in the 1930s and the road was widened.




Copies of Winchmore Hill People & Pictures can be ordered directly from Stuart Delvin, at £14 plus £2 p&p on orders to be sent outside the Borough of Enfield. Cheques should be made out to Stuart Delvin, 259 Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 1RG


Other books by Stuart Delvin which are still in print which can also be ordered include:

A Look at Old Winchmore Hill £6.45 (+ 40p p&p outside Enfield)

More Winchmore Hill Lives £5.80 (+ 45p p&p outside Enfield)

Winchmore Hill Village 1780  1830 (+ £1.80 p&p outside Enfield)


Stuart is continuing with his Winchmore Hill social history project and is keen to find out more about Ted Ray, radio and TV comedian of the 40s and 50s, remembered best for Ray’s a laugh. Can anybody help?



Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin. The book is part oral history and  "the Great & the Good" includes potted biographies of some of Winchmore Hill's most distinguished former residents and families.

Winchmore Hill People & Pictures is the latest book from local historian Stuart Delvin.

Comments (1)

  • Glynn


    30 October 2014 at 21:16 |
    I am researching my family history and have found a connection with Robert & Ann Bishop who were living in your area in 1813. Robert was a bricklayer and Ann was the daughter of William Dotterill who made his will in that year. As Ann was left £300, I wonder if there are any records of the family in the area? Did Robert start his own business building houses perhaps?

    I'd love to know more.

    Many thanks.

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