Old Southgate

Old Southgate, Enfield

A designation used to distinguish the Southgate Green conservation area from New Southgate and from 1930s suburban Southgate

The Green in Old Southgate

Southgate, the hamlet that grew up by the southern entrance to Enfield Chase, was first mentioned in 1370. The gate stood near the present site of the tube station. Another settlement grew up along South Street, in the vicinity of Southgate Green.

The Southgate Green conser­vation area covers The Green, Cannon Hill and the southern half of the High Street and includes more than 500 buildings, of which around 20 are grade II-listed and five are grade II*-listed; Grovelands is Southgate’s only grade I-listed building. The Green itself is the highlight, with some fine cottages, terraces and Georgian houses.

A Cherry Tree Inn has stood to the east of the Green since at least 1624. The present structure is of very mixed antiquity, with buttresses and a porch added in 1923 to stop the walls from bulging.

Nowadays, the council uses the ‘Old Southgate’ name on some direction signs but the term is not widely employed locally. For a broader history of the vicinity, see the page on Southgate.

At the 2011 census, 41 per cent of the residents of the Southgate Green ward were white British. The next largest minority (20 per cent) was of Indian birth or descent.

Postal district: N14
Population: 13,787 (Southgate Green ward, 2011 census)
Website: Southgate Green Association