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Walk through history

Published Tuesday, 02 June 2015

A bumper programme of free walks examining the history, buildings and personalities of the London Borough of Enfield has been organised to mark the 50th anniversary of its creation.

The walks, organised by Enfield Council starts on 16 June and runs into March next year, they criss cross the borough and take in every part of Enfield, examining its rich, varied and fascinating history and characters.

Enfield Council’s Deputy Leader, Cllr Achilleas Georgiou, said: “We want everyone to get behind our LBE50 campaign and join us in celebrating everything that is great about our borough. These walks are a great way to find out more the borough, take some gentle physical history and meet like-minded people who have an interest in the history of the borough in which they live.

“It’s a great way to get out and about, see the sights of Enfield and gain a fresh perspective on the borough you’ve called home.”

The first walk through Chase Side and Gentlemans Row leaves Enfield Chase Station at 7pm on Tuesday 16 June while the second takes in Winchmore Hill and leaves the station at 7pm on Thursday 9 July. The third examines the Edmonton Conservation Area and departs from Edmonton Green Station at 2 pm on Sunday 26 July. Full details of the walks can be found here

For more information on the walks please email

Joe Studman is a born and bred Londoner. Born within the sound of Bow Bells he feels lost and abandoned when outside the capital. His passion and enthusiasm for The City and its suburbs manifests itself on his walks.

He is a qualified City of London Guide and also guides for The National Trust and English Heritage.

Walk details:

Tuesday 16 June: Chase Side & Gentleman's Row
Discover Enfield's Plague Pit, Workhouse and first Hospital. Also hear about Enfield's early education buildings. Throw in the odd ghost and murder before we even reach Gentleman's Row.

Thursday 9 July: Winchmore Hill
From a sleepy hamlet that was a refuge to Quakers and smugglers the village became home to wealthy brewers and business men. This walk reveals their stories and throws in a few surprises.

Sunday 26 July: Edmonton Conservation Area
Edmonton has such rich history and associations. We meet Charles Lamb, John Keats and John Gilpin. We uncover a garden city and a tragic air crash. We also find out how the district council provided progressive services for its residents.

More about Enfield

In 1960 a Royal Commission on London Government proposed radical changes to the way London was governed to simplify the way the capital was governed.

As part of the shake-up both Middlesex County Council and The London County Council were abolished and replaced with the Greater London Council giving the capital one local authority with responsibility for overseeing the entire city.

Long established districts were abolished and combined into larger units to form the new London Boroughs. 

The London Borough of Enfield was created from the Municipal Boroughs of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate, which were themselves created in the 19th Century. The first elections for the new London Boroughs took place in the spring of 1964, and the London Borough of Enfield came into being on 1 April 1965.

This year will see the fiftieth anniversary of the merging of the boroughs and to celebrate we will are putting on a year of celebrations.

These will include:
• 1960s themed festivals
• Photo archive
• Film archive events
• LBE50 exhibition
• Talks and guided tours
• LBE50 festival
• Photography competition
• Dozens of LBE50 events
• Fact sheets about Enfield
You can find out all about Enfield Council’s plans for the next 12 months and the council’s LBE50 campaign by visiting the website  

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