TES NewsNo 188 Winter 2012The newsletter of The Enfield SocietyEntertainment on Chase Green, 7 am to 11 pm?These notices appeared around ChaseGreen recently and have given rise to agreat many emails, phone calls and lettersto the Society. Our letter of objection wason hold for a few days while we clarifiedthe legal position of the Chase Green whether it is registered as a common orvillage green, which gives it some legalprotection. This has proved somewhatdifficult to verify as the register the Councilis obliged to maintain and have availablefor consultation is proving elusive.However investigation by Stuart Mills hasnow shown that the Green is registered as avillage green, under the CommonsRegistration Act 1965. As there are rulesabout how a registered green can be used,including prohibitions on undertaking anyact which causes injury to the green orwhich interrupts the use or enjoyment of agreen as a place of exercise and recreation,there will be many events which wouldcontravene these requirements.Historically the Green is a remainingvestige of the Royal Hunting grounds. The16th century saw the start of the EnclosuresActs and gradually the Chase disappeareduntil in 1803 the common rights onthe land were finally abolished andthe Chase Green charity was set upto look after the remaining land asan open space for public recreation.The Urban District Council ofEnfield took over this responsibilityin 1899. Several people havementioned the plague pit reputed tohave been dug on the Green in themiddle ages, but unfortunately thereseems to be no firm evidence of this.It was due to the threat to build thenew Town Hall on "the people’sland" that the Enfield Society wasfirst suggested. Valerie Carter'sFighting for the Future states that itwas in 1935 when "thechampions of Chasegreen gathered inforce" and a Societywas mooted to "ensurechange did notinterfere with thenatural beauties andamenities of thedistrict" -somethingwe feel this licence islikely to do.It gives theCouncil carte blancheto allow almost any kind of sporting eventor entertainment on the Green, whether forthe odd day or for an extended period. Thelist of potential threats seems endless and allin a conservation area: noise; rubbish;traffic; parking; loss of access to a publicspace; damage to the Green; access issuesfor vehicles to erect and remove proposedtemporary structures; health and safety;requirement for plant and heavy machinery;possible alcohol in an alcohol free area, andI'm sure you can think of more. It was withrather an ironic smile I noticed the licencerequest was pinned to the same lamppost asanother notice stating that anyone causing anuisance on the public space of the Greencould be removed forthwith.Over the past week I have received moreletters, phone calls and emails on this topicthan on any other during my time asChairman. It shows the strength of people'sfeelings and the importance of the Green,something we hope the Council will takeinto account when deciding on this matterin December.Janet McQueenChase Green, October 20121Joining The Enfield SocietyIf you are not already a member, you canjoin the Society by sending your name andaddress, telephone number and emailaddress to Membership Secretary, TheEnfield Society, 2 Parsonage Lane,Enfield EN2 0AJ. The minimum annualsubscription is 2.50 per person ( 5.00per couple), but additional donations arewelcome. Please make cheques payable to“The Enfield Society”. Membership is fora calendar year; subscriptions receivednow will give membership until the end of2013.It would assist the Society if you wereable to include the following wording,signed and dated. This will allow us toreclaim tax on your subscription at no costto yourself:“I confirm that I am a UK Income Tax /Capital Gains Tax payer and that thesum I pay is greater than the tax thecharity will reclaim on this payment.Please treat all subscriptions anddonations I make to The Enfield Societyuntil further notice as Gift Aid payments”.New houses for oldEnfield Council have announced that sixformer sheltered housing blocks arebeing demolished to make way for familyhousing. Demolition started in Septemberat Jasper Close in Enfield Wash andTudor Crescent in Enfield Chase.The remaining sites are at Forty Hill,Lavender Hill at the junction withBlossom Lane, St George's Road andParsonage Lane.These blocks were built as smallsheltered bedsits in the 1950s /60s. Theyhad shared washing facilities andalthough acceptable at the time, they areoutdated and have not been occupied formany years. The blocks are not suitablefor refurbishment since their originalconstruction was based on single personliving.All six sites should be cleared ready forredevelopment by spring 2013 with plansfor 80 new private and council familyhomes. A redevelopment partner willstart work from September 2013, with thefirst new properties being complete fromsummer 2014.
Conservation and developmentAs part of ensuring it is managed to bestadvantage, each conservation area has tohave what is known as a CharacterAppraisal. These require updating everyfive years as things on the ground change.At the request of Enfield Council’sHeritage Department draft revisions havebeen carried out by the local groupsrelating to the individual areas and in ourcase we have been made responsible forthe Turkey Street Conservation Area, withno local group, and Highlands.Additionally, for the Enfield Town StudyGroup, Caroline Carter has produced areview of Enfield Town, which has ofcourse seen major change over the pastfive years.8th November but copies of the plan andrelated documents can be obtained fromthe Council’s website at http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/200057/planning policy/507/north east enfield area action plan . For copies of theconsultation document call 020 8379 3866.Centred on the Hertford Road, the areaincludes communities to the west as wellas to the east of this spine road and theadjacent industrial areas. This is a animportant document, looking towards acomprehensive regeneration of ahistorically important area of Enfield,which now presents many challenges asregards housing, employment, transportlinks and recreation. It contains many localcentres and the plans for sustainablegrowth will focus around these.Turkey StreetForty HallSurprisingly, even Turkey Street hasundergone change, with a new housereplacing a former (the only) shop and amuch improved heritage style footbridge atthe western end leading to the AylandsOpen Space. Uncollected litter anduncontrolled weed growth in ornamentalflower beds in front of the Aylands OpenSpace make a sorry spectacle of whatshould be an attractive new entrance.English Heritage has finally relented in itsopposition to any widening of thefrequently traffic damaged entrance gatesto the Forty Hall estate. The preferreddesign, as illustrated, which we support,ConservationGateway redesigned by Thomas Ford & PartnersHighlandsIn the case of Highlands, with theConservation Area reduced to less than onethird of its former area, we noticed aninaccuracy in that the previous draft hadoverlooked the fact that one of the originalpavilions had earlier been replaced by amuch larger and less attractive block,Beveridge Court. The remaining NHSpresence has now been quite successfullyreplaced by Blackwell Close but a newblock, Barnard Court, a crude andawkward design, allowed on appeal,breaches most of the guidelines which haveled to the successful residential conversionof the original hospital pavilions. Carryingout the review confirmed our view thatdownsizing the Conservation Area to justthe original Pennington Drive loop roadhas gone too far.In both cases, weaknesses identified in theoriginal appraisals have mostly not beenaddressed.North East EnfieldThe recent Conservation Advisory Groupmeeting also included a briefing on apublic consultation on the new North EastEnfield Area Action Plan. The ActionPlan will form part of Enfield’s Local Planand covers an area stretching from the M25southwards to Ponders End. Theconsultation unfortunately lasts only untilincreases the height of the inner two piersto preserve the sense of proportion;similarly, the tops of the new gates (theoriginals are beyond repair) curve downtowards the centre. To achieve this, thenorthernmost section will be movedoutwards and rebuilt. This should removethe need for any additional entrances fromForty Hill.Whitewebbs LaneFurther north, along Whitewebbs Lane thenews is not so good. Yet anotherapplication by Tottenham Hotspur seemsset to continue the process of convertingthis land, which is in the Green Belt andthe Conservation Area, into a sterilewasteland. The application now takes in anadditional 2.1 acres of the western field, inthe interests of a tarmac surfaced helipad(actual location not specified) and 2.2metre high, open concrete bunkers tocontain green waste for recycling, some ofit from Capel Manor. Screening will be byraised planted bunds, height unspecified,which will hem in the isolated Keeper’sCottage in the centre of the site, as willextended 2 metre high weldmesh fences.Anywhere else in a Green Beltconservation area all this would beunacceptable and our objection is on thosegrounds.2Enfield TownIn Enfield Town some long anticipateddevelopments are coming to fruition.Barclays BankWhatever one thinks of the new,dazzling interior, the alterations to thisfine building have not damaged theexterior. The stylish, wooden frontdoors have been retained, albeit insliding form. We never couldunderstand why this building could notbe listed, if only as a signature buildingfor the Town. Perhaps we should takethis up again?Former Rialto/Gala ClubsiteThe completed small shopping arcade isa disappointment. The details, such asthe design of the windows and stonemouldings on which so much of theeffect depends, are not of the quality theapplication drawings led us to expect.In Silver Street the new block next toLloyds Bank, also by WinchmoreBrickwork, is still hidden behind plasticsheeting. We await with interest to seewhether they will have made a betterfist of things there. Meanwhile, tallcranes opposite the end of The Townshow that work on the long approved(on appeal) residential conversion andextension to New River House is finallyunder way. Look for an additional threestoreys, widening towards the top.Chris JephcottTrees groupWith the trees on the Allotment TreeNursery putting on a growth spurt inresponse to the wet summer, we havebeen looking at a final home for them. Ivisited the Woodcroft Wildspace inWinchmore Hill to meet with itschairman, Bob Ladell, and it was clearthat our trees would be very at home inthis planned nature reserve. At ourmeeting on 4th October the Groupsupported this idea and we are makingplans to carry out the work over thewinter planting season.Chris Jephcott,Trees Group Convener
HistoryEnfield at war, 1914-1918As part of the local commemorations of thehundredth anniversary of the outbreak ofthe First World War the EnfieldArchaeological Society has decided, inco-operation with the Enfield MuseumsService, to revise and re-issueGeoffrey Gillam's Enfield at War1914-1918 originally published in 1982.The Museum is planning a majorexhibition on the period which the bookwill be designed to accompany. The workwill include information that has come tolight since then and will also have manymore illustrations than the originalincluding photographs, documents andartefacts. The emphasis will continue to beon the Enfield area and its people duringthe conflict but it is hoped to includeinformation on the experiences of some ofthose who served in the forces. This aspectof local involvement in the conflict is astory that has yet to be told.As editor of this publication I am keen tohear from anyone who has any informationnot yet in the public domain. This cantake the form of letters, diaries or awhole host of official forms ranging froma temporary exemption from militaryservice to a report to the military policeconcerning an assault on a soldier.Photographs, including postcards, are asometimes vital source of informationespecially if they relate to events like theCuffley Zeppelin or other events or showpeople involved in some aspect of war work.Apart from war and other service medals,munitions plant badges and variouscommemorative items, artefacts are scarceand the Museum is interested particularlyin anything to do with the Great War inthis area and those who worked locallyor served overseas, especially largerobjects like military and civilianuniforms or equipment. Apart from warmemorials and buildings at places like theRoyal Small Arms site, physical traces ofthe conflict are equally scarce. I wouldparticularly like any information, if itexists, on air raid shelters, and the twolocal airfields in the Lea Valley and atOakwood, now both totally vanished underlater development. We also have fewrecords of the various guns set up asmemorials after the end of the war and Iam particularly intrigued by the field gunapparently set up outside the old SouthgateSchool in Fox Lane.If anyone has any information which theythink would be of interest, however humbleit may seem, would they please get intouch with me on 020 8363 4094?Ian JonesWanted: memoriesand historicalartefacts of the NewRiver in Enfield Do you have any memories of theNew River in Enfield? Would you like to pass on yourmemories of the New River and helpto create a lasting memorial for futuregenerations? Do you have any historical objectsrelating to the New River or theproduction of clean water in Enfield?As part of the celebrations for the 400thAnniversary of the completion of theNew River in 2013, Enfield LocalStudies Library & Archive is hoping tocapture local memories for this historicevent.Enfield Museum Service will be holdingan exhibition (from 24th April 2013) thatcovers the history of the New River andare interested in any objects ordocuments that you may be willing tolend us for the display.If you do have any memories you wouldlike to share or have any historicalobjects for loan, we would love to hearfrom you. For more details pleasecontact:Enfield Local Studies Library & ArchiveThomas Hardy House (1st Floor)39 London RoadEnfieldEN2 6DSE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 020 8379 2724John ClarkEdmonton GroupThis group of men in military uniform, outside the Drill Hall of the 5thBattalion, Middlesex Regiment, Old Park Avenue, includes cyclists, amotorcyclist and a military band. The National Army Museum thinks that itmight be the Middlesex Volunteer Training Force, in the period 1914-1916.3The guided tour of All Saints Church andthe visit to Lamb’s Cottage were thehighlights of the guided walk round theChurch Street, Edmonton conservationarea in August. The Group continues tomonitor plans for the developments inFore Street and the Meridian Project.The open meeting in Edmonton will beheld on Friday 22 February 2013 at theAll Saints Church Hall, Church Street,Edmonton. Doors open 7.30 p.m. for8 p.m. Dave Cockle will give anillustrated talk on the history of railwaysin the area.Monica Smith
Diary datesThis list gives a selection of forthcomingevents, not including our regular JubileeHall meetings listed on page 5. Contactdetails for the organisations responsiblefor these events are given in the notesat the end. Other events and updatesmay be found on our web site at www.enfieldsociety.org.uk and on theEnfield Council site at www.enfield.gov.uk/events/ Until 24 February 2013 This sporting life– an exhibition showing Enfield’s sportingheritage. Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road.10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday, 10 amto 1 pm, Sunday. Admission free.Friday 16th November, 7.30 for 8pm,Jubilee Hall. Vice Presidential Address, byJon Cotton [EAS]Sunday 18th November, 3-5.30pm.,Friends Meeting House, Church Hill.Flute and piano concert, on behalf of theMeeting House. Details from 07748 617398or www.winchmorehillquakers.org.uk/wpsite/?p 517 Tuesday 20th November, 2.15 for 2.30pm, Jubilee Hall. From Crouch Hall toGin Lane – the story of gin, by RuthHazeldine [EHHS]Sunday 25th November, 10 am - 3 pm,Whitewebbs Wood. Enfield ConservationVolunteers task: a seasonal activity –thinning the holly in Whitewebbs Wood.Meet in the lay-by in Whitewebbs Lane,west of the King and Tinker by North Lodgepink cottage. [ECV]Sunday 25th November, 4 pm. ChristmasParade of Light, in aid of local charities.Starts from Civic Centre and ends at TheGeorge, The Town.Sunday 25th November, 6.30 pm, ChristChurch Southgate. Mass in B minor by JSBach. See page 8 for details.Saturday 8th December, 2 -7 pm, TheGreen, N21. St Nicholas Fair.Sunday 9th December, venue to beannounced. Enfield ConservationVolunteers. Social walk. A leisurely walk,ending up at a pub with lunch and muchmerriment. [ECV]Wednesday 19th December, 7.45 for 8.00pm, Jubilee Hall. Seasonal meeting[EHHS]Tuesday 8th January 2013, 8.00 pm,Jubilee Hall. The South Sea Bubble, byProfessor Julian Hoppit (University College,London) (illustrated) [HA]Tuesday 12th February, 8.00 pm, JubileeHall. The Monstrous Regiment of Womenin Tudor and Stuart England, by ProfessorJackie Eales (Canterbury Christ ChurchUniversity) (illustrated) [HA]Wednesday 20th – Saturday 23rdFebruary, 7.30pm (Sat Matinee 2.30pm),Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar. HMSPinafore. Southgate Opera presents Gilbert& Sullivan’s ever popular comic opera. BoxOffice: 01707 645005. www.southgateopera.co.uk Saturday 2nd March, St Andrew’sChurch. Monumental Brass Societymeeting. See right-hand column.Tuesday 12th March, 8.00 pm, JubileeHall. Christian-Jewish relations inmedieval Latin Europe, by Dr BernardGowers (Kings College, London)(illustrated) [HA]Tuesday 9th April, 8.00 pm, Jubilee HallThe Luddite disturbances of 1811-12, byDr Katrina Navickas (University ofHertfordshire) [HA]Monumental Brass Society:meeting at St AndrewsThe MBS are holding an open meeting atSt Andrews Church on Saturday 2ndMarch 2013. This meeting is free andopen to all. The programme will includetalks on the Enfield antiquarian RichardGough, the church itself and of coursethe beautiful Tiptoft brass. To register forwhat should be a most interesting eventand receive the full programme, pleasecontact Janet McQueen via Jubilee Hall,2 Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJsending a SAE and including yourtelephone number.Janet McQueenGroundforce (GF) and EnfieldConservation Volunteers (ECV) dopractical conservation work in Enfield’sparks and countryside, such as hedgelaying, coppicing, bridge building and pathconstruction. Groundforce meets onalternate Wednesdays and ECV onalternate Sundays. As the tasks aredetermined according to current needs, youneed to contact them for details of theirlatest projects. Contacts are:GF: Eileen Jessup (020) 8805 1974 or email email@example.com .ECV: Judy Mayo (07791473844), email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenny Willmot,Outreach and Community Officer (020)8449 2459, email email@example.com .They have websites at sites.google.com/site/groundforce99/home and www.ecv.org.uk but these may not becomplete and should not be relied on.EAS: Enfield Archaeological Society.Visitors are very welcome ( 1.00 perperson). www.enfarchsoc.org/index.html EHHS: Edmonton Hundred HistoricalSociety www.edmontonhundred.org.uk .Talks are free to members – there is acharge of 1 per head for visitors.HA: The Historical Association, NorthLondon Branch. www.history.org.uk/resources/he resource1170.html These meetings are open to alland there is no fee. Contact the BranchSecretary, Robin Blades (020 8368 5328), firstname.lastname@example.org New membersWe warmly welcome the following newmembers:Mr J.R Allen, Mr & Mrs K & S Aylott,Mr & Mrs C. Barker,Mr & Mrs R & W Behling,Ms M Cornish, Mrs G Crimmin,Mrs C Davis, Mr S Evangelou,Ms A Evans, Mrs P Foley,Mr & Mrs A Frangiamore,Miss M Gadd, Ms D Hampton,4The fifteenth century brass memorialin St Andrew’s Church to Jocosa(Joyce), wife of Sir John Tiptoft, whodied on 22nd September 1446. (Imagefrom Whitaker’s His
the First World War the Enfield Archaeological Society has decided, in co-operation with the Enfield Museums Service, to revise and re-issue Geoffrey Gillam's Enfield at War 1914-1918 originally published in 1982. The Museum is planning a major exhibition on the peri