Friends Meeting House, Enfield (also known as Winchmore Hill Friends Meeting House)7209

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

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.

History

The Friends Meeting House here was one of the oldest and most famous in the country, built in 1790 to replace the original house on the site, which dated from 1688.

Visitor Facilities

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

Detailed Description

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

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

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

Directions

Rail: Winchmore Hill. Bus: W9
History

Period

  • Late 18th Century
  • 18th Century
Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

Click Here

Other websites

Owners

  • Winchmore Hill Quakers

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust