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Warning: N21 ambulance response times

below the national aveage


Source: The Times

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View planning applications in the N21 postcode in 2016 here

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January 2017


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Fit-Blitz opens In Winchmore Hill 



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Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park



Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association

Enfield Town Residents Association

Fox Lane & District Residents Association

Grange Park Residents Association

Grovelands Residents Association


Winchmore Hill Residents Association 






The Friends of Grovelands Park

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Become a Friend of Firs Farm

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Gardening Friends

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Grange Park Horticultural Society

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North London Organic Gardeners

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Woodcroft Wildspace

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Ten reasons why you

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 Say thank you to an N21 businesses

Robin Hill

Tidy installation of new boiler and Nest control system. House has never been so warm!  Rather impressed Robin called out of hours to attend to an initial teething problem with the Nest controller. Full confidence in this local company.

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Really delicious mediterranean dishes, perfect for family visits, as my kids love the atmosphere. Outstanding service with really nice cocktails and wines


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Riverside Florist

Always lovely flowers. My Xmas bouquet was stunning. Lots of red and white flowers and beautifully wrapped. Thank you


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Owen Roberts Decorating

Owen has decorated a number of rooms for us at our home this year. His preparation work is extremely thorough, and he achieves a very nice finish indeed with his painting. Owen is careful with covering and protecting areas while he is working - overall, his approach is thoroughly professional, and, as well, he is a very nice person to have working in your home, and to deal with! Very highly recommended.


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New & Updated Business Pages



Angell Learning & Development

Atherton York

City Combat Savate Boxe

Decorating Danny


GK Electrical

Hormone Health Solutions

La Nostra

Mortgage & Insurance Solutions

Oakwood Painting

Pat Fitness

La Rocca

Slimming World With Lizzie


The Vine Leaf

Winchmore Hill School of Karate

Your White Room




The people of Enfield

do not want Mini Holland

Enfield Council is putting hundreds of businesses and jobs at risk






 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan admits that cycle lanes in outer London boroughs


be built on main road

"We are making sure we speak to the councils and try and divert cyclists away from main roads onto what I call quiet ways in order to encourage people particularly in outer London to cycle rather than have all our eggs in the Embankment cycle superhighway previous generation basket.... the bad news is that as a consequence of the congestion not only is it leading to worse air quality but people are stopping using certain buses because they can't rely on getting from A to B, so it is in everyone's interest to sort out congestion in London".


LBC December 2016


"Congestion is one of the major issues facing us....   you can inadvertently cause additional problems so the construction of a permanent segregated cycle lane in itself causes pollution we're got to make sure that we divert cyclists to quiet roads so that they are not breathing in poisonous fumes but also it leads to less congestion so you are absolutely right we've got to learn the lessons from mistakes made in the past".


LBC January 2017



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"i am a cyclist. i cycled from N21 to central london every day for a good many years. i never once thought this cycle lane scheme was either needed, or a good idea, and now construction is in full swing the disruption it is causing is a total nightmare. its the local business i feel most sorry for, but also those residents with property directly on the route - where on earth are these people supposed to park? not to mention that traffic flow through normally quiet back streets is increasing as people try to avoid the works. however - from a seat on the 329 last week i saw what has to be the most utterly ridiculous planning, or lack of, i have ever seen - the way the bus stops are extended out over the cycle lane! if anyone ever actually uses these cycle lanes, this stupid design is an accident waiting to happen. hindsight is a wonderful thing - but how i wish i had voiced as such when it could have made a difference".

N21 Cyclist


"Since moving to the area 15 years ago, I have always supported the local business on Green Lanes, from flooring companies and stationers, to the Italian and Greek delis to clothes shops, hairdressers and florists. After sitting in a horrendous amount of traffic the other day, waiting to pick up an order from a local shop, I realised that the rich supply of local independent shops which had attracted us to move here, were now effectively inaccessible. Even when the works are completed, the lack of parking will no doubt be a deterrent, not to mention the fact that Green Lanes will become a road to avoid in future. These last few weeks I too am guilty of using the residential roads around Winchmore Hill to get around the area - my own road has also seen a massive increase in traffic and pollution. While I am supportive of all initiatives to increase fitness, it needs to be recognised that cycling is simply not practical for many - not the old nor the very young, and certainly not for those people who want to go shopping or visiting the shops along Green Lanes. We live in a changeable climate which likewise does not favour a trip by bike. I am hoping that common sense and the principles of democracy will eventually prevail, while waiting, we are seriously considering whether our future lies in a borough that treats the views of its residents with such disdain". 




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A105 Cycle lane construction schedule



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Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood


January 2017



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Good Morning London


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Sprint closing after 23 years




In Sue's Name


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Our superstar Nikki





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  London Assembly seeks submissions on

improving the reliability & safety of London buses


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 Fly-tipping on Bush Hill







Enfield Local Heritage List




Explore our rich local architectural heritage





 Through the hatch of a café kiosk at the train station on Platform 1 of Palmers Green station, the film unearths the treasures of the everyday.

 People who make the early morning daily commute, half asleep and pensive, reveal personal stories, hopes and fears.








Enfield Road Watch



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Southgate Homebound and Disabled Association



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Ruth Winston Community Centre


Winchmore Hill Community Care




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Dementia Cafe

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on Fridays

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North London Hospice




Chickenshed Theatre 



The Fontliners Book Club

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The Highlands Village Book Group

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Winchmore Hill Book Club

Grovelands Park
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Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
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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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