World’s End, Enfield

A little-​​used name for a semi-​​rural locality separated from the western side of Enfield by Salmon’s Brook

Enfield Golf Course, World's End, Copyright Stephen Dawson, Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]

Enfield Golf Course, World’s End
photo­graphed from the bed of Salmon’s Brook*

World’s Ends were once dotted all around the outer edges of London as this was a popular name for a remote house or farm, often located at a parish boundary. This World’s End straddled the border between the parishes of Enfield and Edmonton when it was estab­lished as a 19-​​acre farm after the enclosure of Enfield Chase in 1777.

Boundary changes in each of the following two centuries brought World’s End entirely within Enfield’s bailiwick. The enclosure act also stipulated that new roads be constructed across the former chase and World’s End Lane (as it was later called) was one of these.

In 1889 an outbreak of infectious diseases prompted the Enfield local board to buy World’s End Farm for £2,000 to build an isolation hospital. A temporary set of iron buildings was erected in 1891 adjoining the newly-​​built Northern (later Highlands) Hospital and replaced by a permanent structure at the end of the decade.

Across World’s End Lane, Enfield golf club was founded in 1895 on the former Swannell’s Farm, which had been part of the Old Park estate.

To the north, houses were built along and off Slades Hill in the 1930s. The construction of Merryhills primary school had almost finished when war broke out in 1939 and special permission was granted for the work to be completed, as there was no other school within a mile and the area had greatly increased in population over the previous decade. A few more streets were laid out after the Second World World War but most of the surrounding countryside has been preserved as part of the green belt.

Postal district and postcode area: N21 and Enfield EN2

 

* The picture of the Enfield Golf Course, World’s End on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright Stephen Dawson, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-​​ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is hereby freely permitted under the terms of that licence.
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