- Hadley Wood
infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Greater London
official_name= Hadley Wood
constituency_westminster= Enfield Southgate
Hadley Wood is a suburb of
North London, close to the border with Hertfordshire. It is located in the London Borough of Enfieldalthough it is situated somewhat closer to Barnetthan to Enfield Town. It is a somewhat exclusive are with an omnipresent private security patrol. The properties here range from £500,000 to in excess of £10 million.( [http://www.statons.com/] ) In January 2008, it became part of the Transport for London London low emission zone, along with the majority of the rest of Greater London.
Hadley Wood is served by
Hadley Wood railway stationwith trains to Welwyn Garden City to the north and King's Cross and Moorgate to the south. The typical off-peak service pattern is 3 trains per hour in both directions Monday to Friday daytimes, reduced to 2 trains per hour in both direction in the later evenings and at weekends. There are other less frequent services to Stevenageand Letchworth.
An infrequent service is provided at the bus stop across the road from the station by
Transport for Londonbus route 399. This is a circular route from Barnet (the Spires) which serves Hadley Wood railway station on the return section of its journey. Buses run once an hour from this stop on Monday to Saturday from 10.06 until 14.06. There is no service on Sundays or public holidays.
A more frequent service to Potters Bar (Cranborne Road) or Arnos Grove tube station via Cockfosters tube station (bus 298), can be accessed from Cockfosters Road, a 10-15 minute walk from Hadley Wood railway station.
London Undergroundstations to Hadley Wood are:
Cockfosters tube station, the northern terminus of the Piccadilly Line(bus 298)
High Barnet tube station, a northern terminus of the Northern Line, (bus 399 to Barnet (the Spires) then walk or bus from the Spires to High Barnet station)
Places of interest
Trent Country Park - A 400 acre oasis of meadows, woodlands and lakes. It was once a hunting ground for Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I. With dedicated walking, cycling and horseriding routes there is no shortage of ways to explore the park. Of note is Camlet Moat which is one of the borough's five scheduled ancient monuments. Additionally kids will love the Wildlife Rescue Centre, which is home to deer, foxes, rabbits and birds.
There is Hadley Wood Golf Course and Club nearby, which is also located on Beech Hill and a Tennis Club on Crescent East. Also nearby is
Monken HadleyCommon and Enfield Chase. Occasionally West Lodge Park Hotel and grounds have open days to the general public. This is usually organised through the National Gardens Scheme. A children's playground is located between the grounds of the tennis courts and Hadley Wood Primary School on Crescent East.
Every year on the 5th November
bonfire night, a fireworks display is held in Crescent East on a field between Hadley Wood Primary School and the tennis courts. This is usually sponsored by Statons.
In Hadley Wood Village there is a small parade of shops consisting of a
gym, restaurant, café, estate agent, newsagent, hairdresser, dry cleaners and beauty salon. This is also where Hadley Wood railway station is.
August 4, 1827edition of "The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction", provides the following short history of the area:Hadley, Mankin, or Monkton, Hadley, was formerly a hamlet to Edmonton. It lies north-west of Enfield, and comprises 580 acres, including 240 allotted in lieu of the common enclosure of Enfield Chase. Its name is compounded of two Saxon words — Head-leagh, or a high place; Mankin is probably derived from the connexion of the place with the abbey of Walden, to which it was given by Geoffrey de Mandeville, earl of Essex, under the name of the Hermitage of Hadley. The village is situated on the east side of the great north road, eleven miles from London.
The manor belonged to the Mandevilles, the founder of the Hermitage, and was given by Geoffrey to the monks of Walden; in the ensuing two centuries the manorial property underwent various transmissions, and was purchased by the Pinney family, in the year 1791, by the present proprietor, Peter Moore, Esq.
The house of David Garrow, father to the present judge of that name in the court of exchequer, is supposed to have been connected with a monastic establishment. Chimney-pieces remain in alto-relievo: on one is sculptured the story of Sampson; the other represents many passages in the life of our Saviour, from his birth in the stall to his death on the cross.
The parish church is a handsome structure, built at different periods. The chancel bears marks of great antiquity, but the body has been built with bricks. At the west end is a square tower, composed of flint, with quoins of freestone; on one side is the date Anno Domini 1393, cut in stone—one side of the stone bearing date in the sculptured device of a wing; the other that of a rose. The figures denote the year 1494; the last, like the second numerical, being the half eight, often used in ancient inscriptions. The unique vestige of the Middle Ages, namely, a firepan, or pitchpot, on the south-west tower of the church, was blown down in January, 1779 and carefully repaired, though now not required for the purpose of giving an alarm at the approach of a foe, by lighting pitch within it. The church has been supposed to have been erected by Edward IV as a chapel for religious service, to the memory of those who fell in the
battle of Barnetin 1471.
On the window of the north transept are some remains of painted glass, among which may be noticed the rebus of the Gooders, a family of considerable consequence at Hadley in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This consists of a partridge with an ear of wheat in its bill; on an annexed scroll is the word Gooder; on the capital of one of the pillars are two partridges with ears of corn in the mouth, an evident repetition of the same punning device, and it is probable the Gooder's were considerable benefactors towards building the church.
The almshouses for six decayed housekeepers were founded by Sir Roger Willbraham in 1616, but so slenderly endowed that they do not produce more than 9l.6s. annually. Major Delafonte, in 1762, increased the annuity, which expired in 1805; but Mr. Cottrell gained by subscription 2375l. in trust. The father of Mr. Whitbread, the statesman, subscribed the sum of 1000l. for the support of the almshouses. The charity-school for girls was established in 1773, and was enlarged and converted into a school of industry in 1800. Twenty girls in the establishment receive annually the sum of 1l. towards clothing; thirty girls besides the above are admitted to the benefit of education, on paying the weekly sum of 2d. and succeed to the vacancies which occur in the class more largely assisted. This charity is in like manner supported by contributions on the inhabitants. The boys' school, supported in the same way, which in 1804 amounted to the sum of 103l. 10s., has about seventy day-scholars; twenty are allowed 1l. towards clothing, and instructed without any charge; the remainder pay 2d. weekly.
General William Boothlived here from 1889 until 1912
* Sir Ian Hunter,
classical music impresario, was born in Hadley Wood in 1919.
Diana, Princess of Waleslived here in childhood.
Phil Tufnelllived here in childhood.
Pattie Boyd, fashion model, who married George Harrisonand Eric Claptonlived here during childhood and attended St Martha's Convent.
Jeremy Beadledied while residing here on 30 January 2008
Lennox Lewis(Former heavy weight champion of the world)
Dennis Bergkamp(Former Holland and Former Arsenal Player)
David O'Leary(1990's football player)
Robbie Keane(Tottenham Hotspur striker)
*Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper)
Kyran Bracken(English Rugby player and Dancing On Icewinner)
Richard Littlejohn(Newspaper columnist and television presenter)
Darren Bent(Tottenham Hotspur striker)
Tomas Rosicky(Arsenal midfielder)
*Kanu (Portsmouth striker)
Chico Slimani(Former X Factor contestant and pop-singer)
Lemar(Former Fame Academycontestant and Singer)
Emma Bunton(Former member of the Spice Girls)
Primary (In Hadley Wood)
* Hadley Wood SchoolWebsite: http://www.hadleywood.enfield.sch.uk
* Monken Hadley Church of England Primary School
Primary (Nearby Preparatory Schools)
* Stormont Girls School
* Lochinver Boys School
* St Johns'
econdary (In Hadley Wood)
* Saint Marthas Convent School
econdary (Daily School Buses From Hadley Wood)
* St Albans Schools (St Albans)
* Haberdashers' Aske's Schools (Elstree)
* Queenswood Girls School (Brookmans Park)
* Haileybury (Hertford)
* Mill Hill School (Mill Hill)
* Immanuel College (Bushey)
*" [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/9922 The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction] ", Volume 10, No. 267, August 4, 1827, from
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