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Enfield Area Guide

Picturesque hostelry by side of the New River Loop. Grade II listed, early to mid 19th C. Enfield Image courtesy of Flickr user GeorgeRexTA [at] gmail [dot] com

Enfield is situated on the edge of north London and is bordered by the Hertfordshire countryside. Once a small country town, Enfield has held a market three times a week on the square in front of St Andrew's Church since it was first granted a charter in 1303. The Royal Small Arms Factory located at Enfield Lock on the River Lea was built following the Napoleonic wars but was eventually closed in 1988, with its historic buildings later redeveloped into residential dwellings.

Offering convenient access to the City and West End, the town is popular with families seeking more affordable homes than those available in the heart of London. Enfield has a range of period buildings including some fine Georgian houses and historic properties, as well as weather boarded houses and Victorian cottages overlooking or backing on to the New River. The conservation area features Edwardian, 1920s and 1930s architecture along wide roads.

Two thirds of Enfield is open space, with over 900 hectares of parks, gardens, farmland and fields. Famous gardens include Myddelton Gardens, Capel Manor College and Forty Hall, a restored early 17th-century house and gardens. There are 16 conservation areas, and the town boasts London's only agricultural college. The New River Festival, Enfield Carnival and the Autumn Show are just some of the annual events hosted by the town.

Demographics

There are 300,000 people living in Enfield and the population grew by 6.5% between 2001 and 2009. This represents relatively slower growth than that experienced in London (8%). The demographic profile of the area has altered considerably during that period and has seen around 17,280 people moving out of the area each year, compared to 15,600 people migrating in to the area from London and elsewhere in the UK.

Education

Enfield offers a variety of education provision across 90 schools and is considered to be a desirable area for parents seeking schools. St Andrew's C of E School and St George's RC School are both high performing primary schools. Other notable primary schools include St Michael's C of E School, George Spicer Primary School, Chase Side Primary School, in Trinity Street; St Michael's C of E in Brigadier Hill, and Lavender Primary School.   Enfield Grammar School is a boy's secondary school with academy status and offers provision for 11 to 18 year olds. Enfield County School is a girl's comprehensive school and specialist language college serving pupils aged 11 to 18 years.

Two co-educational comprehensive schools are Chace Community School and Kingsmead School Academy which is a specialist performing arts and visual arts facility for pupils aged 11 to 18 years. Dame Alice Owen's School in nearby Potters Bar is also a popular choice.

Private education is well served by a number of independent schools in and around Enfield, including preparatory schools.

Capel Manor College and The College of Haringey, Enfield and North London offer further education, and Middlesex London University is one of a number of London higher education facilities accessible from the area.

Transport

Enfield is within close proximity to the M25 motorway and is just 30 minutes away from the centre of London. Railway stations serving the area are Enfield Chase, Enfield Town and Bush Hill Park, linking to Moorgate and Liverpool Street as well as Finsbury Park and Seven Sisters where London Underground connections can be accessed. The West of the town is served by the Piccadilly Line.

Frequent bus services offer routes in and around the town, and all of London's airports are within easy reach. There are around 25km of cycle routes offering access around the town and to surrounding areas of interest.

Amenities and Shopping

A bustling town, Enfield's Palace Gardens Shopping Centre features a variety of national and independent retail outlets; there is also a department store as well as a number of supermarkets. Restaurants offer a wide range of world cuisine alongside a number of traditional country pubs serving typical English fare.

The Dugdale Centre boasts a theatre and small museum, and there are three golf clubs in and around the town. Three leisure centres and a swimming pool serve the local community and provide access to a range of sporting clubs and facilities.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.