Bounds Green

Bounds Green, Haringey/Enfield

An increasingly multi-ethnic area located just under a mile to the north-west of Wood Green

Bounds Green Tube station - geograph-2254208-by-David-Howard

The name was first record­ed as Le Bound­es and may derive from a fam­i­ly that lived here in the 13th cen­tu­ry. Bounds Green remained a small farm­ing ham­let until the late 19th cen­tu­ry, with a few cot­tages, a tav­ern and a brick­works.

Sub­ur­ban hous­es began to appear with the out­ward spread of Wood Green, and Bounds Green infants’ and junior schools were built in 1895. Elec­tric tram ser­vices began in 1906 and many Edwar­dian prop­er­ties sur­vive from the con­se­quent phase of house­build­ing.

The sub­ur­ban build-up was com­plet­ed fol­low­ing the open­ing of Bounds Green sta­tion on the Lon­don Elec­tric Rail­way (now the Pic­cadil­ly line) in 1932. Like oth­ers on this stretch of line, the sta­tion was designed by Charles Hold­en but its appear­ance is more angu­lar than most.

In Octo­ber 1940 a Luft­waffe bomb killed 17 peo­ple who were shel­ter­ing in the tun­nel at Bounds Green sta­tion, and four oth­ers who were at home near­by.

Fac­to­ries were estab­lished in Bounds Gren in the years before and after the Sec­ond World War, at first indi­vid­u­al­ly and lat­er on an indus­tri­al estate. In the late 1970s an old ware­house was con­vert­ed for use by Mid­dle­sex Poly­tech­nic (now Uni­ver­si­ty). The build­ing has since been con­vert­ed again, into res­i­den­tial apart­ments. Else­where in the local­i­ty for­mer indus­tri­al premis­es have been replaced by hous­ing.

Since the ear­ly 1980s Bounds Green has attract­ed an grow­ing num­ber of Greek, Turk­ish and Asian res­i­dents, relo­cat­ing from longer estab­lished com­mu­ni­ties a mile or two to the south-east. Around half the pupils at what is now Bounds Green school & chil­dren’s cen­tre have Eng­lish as a sec­ond lan­guage. Among the school’s many eth­nic minori­ties, the most dis­tinc­tive is a Con­golese con­tin­gent.

Jerome K Jerome, the author of Three Men in a Boat, probably had his first experience of boating on a waterlogged brickfield in Bounds Green.

Postal district: N11
Population: 13,725 (2011 census)
Station : Piccadilly line (zones 3 and 4)
* The picture of Bounds Green Tube station on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright David Howard, at Geograph Britain and Ireland, made available under the Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Licence. Any subsequent reuse is freely permitted under the terms of that licence.