Top 10 Historical Facts about Enfield

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June 27, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

1. Enfield town is the home to the worlds first cash point, which is celebrating its 50th birthday on June 27! It first opened at Barclays Bank in 1967.

2. John Keats the poet originally attended Progressive Clarke’s School in Enfield, where he began a translation of the Aeneid. The school’s building later on became Enfield Town Railway Station until it was taken down in 1872. The current site was erected in the 1960s.

3. The newest part of Enfield Town the shopping centre opened in the Autumn of 2006. It was given the name Palace Exchange where existing stores were moved too and brand new ones opened. For those who don’t remember the Pound shop next to TK Maxx was home to Woolworths many years ago.


4. The Enfield Market has been in operation since 1303. It is still running and currently looked after the Old Enfield Charitable trust.

5. Pearsons department store holds a historical value on its site, in the sixteenth century a manor house stood on the site and was used a private school from around 1670 until the late nineteenth century. Its last remains were demolished in 1928 to make way for an extension to what is Pearsons now. It is also where the name Palace Gardens Shopping centre comes from.

6. A famous name who was born in Enfield is theatre legend and producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, his producing credits span across Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Phantom and also Cats to name a few.

7. Enfield Town Station first opened on 1st March 1849 then known just as Enfield and then renamed as Enfield Town on 1st April 1886.

8. Oakwood Station on the Piccadilly line opened on the 13th March 1933 under its original name Enfield West it was renamed Enfield West (Oakwood) on the 3rd May 1934 and on the 1st September 1946 it name was changed to Oakwood which is what it is still called today.

9. The first dishwasher that was mass-produced was in Hotpoint’s now closed Enfield Plant.

10. Enfield is home to stunning grade II listed buildings across Oakwood, nearby Cockfosters and in the heart of Enfield. They include; Southgate tube station and the Travis Perkins office building on Southbury Road.

Written by Holly Bennett blogger at Box Office Blogger

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