Brimsdown, Enfield

The borough’s principal industrial and commercial zone

Brimsdown power station in 1903. The proximity of water, rail and power brought manufacturing to Brimsdown, including Enfield Rolling Mills, which used to receive copper by barge. Mossops Creek, which branches off the Lee Navigation, was dug in the 1890s by John Mossop and Company, which extracted gravel and ballast here until 1922.

Brimsdown power station was decommissioned in 1974 and part of its former site is now occupied by the gas-fired Enfield power station.

Following several factory closures Brimsdown won regeneration funding in the mid-1990s. Modern industry includes Johnson Matthey’s refinery on Jeffreys Road, where silver salts for the photographic and pharmaceutical industries are manufactured using recycled metal. In addition, there are several wholesale and retail warehouses.

Timothy Spall in The Enfield Haunting
Timothy Spall in The Enfield Haunting

There is a residential side to Brimsdown – a patch of mixed housing west of the railway line, much of it built by the council.

In 1977–8 supposedly paranormal activities at a house on Green Street attracted national media attention. The events formed the basis for Sky Living’s Bafta-nominated three-part drama series, The Enfield Haunting (2015), starring Timothy Spall as a rookie paranormal researcher (shown in Sky’s image on the right).

In 2008 Brimsdown infant and junior schools were amalgamated to form Brimsdown primary school, which is located on Green Street. According to Oftsed’s 2014 report, the majority of pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and most of them speak English as an additional language.

David Beckham played football for Brimsdown Rovers’ youth team for two years. The club has since merged with Enfield FC, which now plays its home games at Brimsdown sports ground.

The comedian Russell Kane says in his online biography: “I was raised, and at the same time paradoxically lowered, on the lovely councilly streets of Brimsdown.”

Postcode area: Enfield, EN3
Station: Greater Anglia (zone 5)
Further reading: Guy Lyon Playfair, This House is Haunted: The Amazing Inside Story of the Enfield Poltergeist, White Crow, 2011