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Friends Meeting House, Enfield (also known as Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House)

Introduction

The burial ground to the west of the Meeting House is on the site of the property's 300 year-old walled garden. There are some gravestones in the grass immediately to the side, but the main burial area is behind the building, with simple headstones set in the grass. There are some mature trees, including two cedars, with yew and various shrubs and some flower beds near the Meeting House.

There were Quakers in Winchmore Hill from the 1650s, soon after the formation of the movement, and meetings are known to have taken place here from 1662. The current Friends Meeting House was built in 1790 to replace the original meeting house on the site, which dated from 1688. The burial ground to the west of the Meeting House is on the site of the property's 300 year-old walled garden. The main burial area is behind the building, with simple headstones set in the grass.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster' (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1972); local history leaflets; The Paul Drury Partnership for LB Enfield, 'Winchmore Hill Green and Vicars Moor Lane Conservation Areas Character Appraisal', 2009; David Pam, 'Winchmore Hill, A Woodland Hamlet' (Edmonton Hundred Historical Society No.62, 2004); Helen Cresswell, 'Winchmore Hill. Memories of a Lost Village' (1912, 2nd edition, republished by Southgate Civic Trust, 1982)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=ENF020

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

There is a notice welcoming people to enter garden if gate is open.

Directions

Rail: Winchmore Hill. Bus: W9

Owners

Winchmore Hill Quakers

History

Period

  • 18th Century
  • Late 18th Century
Features & Designations

Designations

  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Friends Meeting House; Walls around Graveyard
  • Grade: II
Key Information

Type

Burial Ground

Purpose

Burial Ground

Principal Building

Nonconformist Meeting House

Period

Late 18th Century

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust