Local History in N21
Blue Plaque historical locations

There are three official Enfield Council blue plaques in the N21 area of Winchmore Hill, Grange Park and Highlands..


Although the Enfield Website states there is a Blue Plaque at the Clarendon Arch, it appears there never was one here.
The Clarendon Arch is above the culvert enabling Salmons Brook to flow underneath the New River in N21.


Sir Hugh Myddelton, the Engineer of the New River Project lived in a house in Bush Hill for four Years between 1609 and 1613.


Thomas Hood, Poet and Humourist lived in Rose Cottage , Winchmore Hill, on the site of number 59 Vicars Moor Lane , N21 from 1829 - .

Read about Thomas Hood in Winchmore Hill from a 1907 book reproduced here by Google Books - His period in Winchmore Hill begins on page 247.

Link to Thomas Hoods life here


Henrietta Cresswell moved to 16 Station Road after her Father died in 1892. Her father was the local doctor in rural Winchmore Hill for over 50 years.


Southgate District Civic Trust and Enfield Grammar School have combined to place a local blue plaque on the house where pioneer wildlife photographer Oliver Pike (1877-1963) lived with his family from 1882 to 1914, 96 Green Dragon Lane in Winchmore Hill, which was the location for his early natural history photographs and books. The plaque was unveiled on 16 November 2014 by two of Oliver Pikes grandsons, Jonathan and Richard

oliver-pike-plaque Oliver Pike was probably the first professional wildlife photographer and pioneered the development of equipment and techniques in both still images and cine-film. Many of his films are held in the British Film Institute National Archive and more information can be found at www.olivergpike.info and in a booklet just published by the Trust, Oliver Pike: Birdman of Winchmore Hill.

In the course of his work Oliver Pike lectured and showed his films locally as well as travelling all over the country to photograph birds, often in arduous conditions. He campaigned for the welfare and care of wild creatures and his continuing influence is still felt today in the fields of conservation and protection, Sir David Attenborough regarding him as a “pioneering figure”.