Brunswick Park

Brunswick Park, Barnet

A very mixed industrial and residential district situated north of New Southgate and east of Friern Barnet, separated from Osidge by Pymmes Brook

The Pymmes Brook trail, in the lushly vegetated public open space called Brunswick Park

The Great North­ern Rail­way Com­pa­ny opened what is now called New South­gate Ceme­tery and Cre­ma­to­ri­um beside its rail­way line in 1861, with its own sid­ing so that coffins could be brought by train from King’s Cross.

To the north of the ceme­tery, for­mer sewage works have been con­vert­ed into a lush­ly veg­e­tat­ed pub­lic open space called Brunswick Park, through which the Pymmes Brook trail runs. It’s shown in the pho­to above. Brunswick Park pri­ma­ry school sits at the park’s north-west cor­ner.

Brunswick (now New South­gate) recre­ation ground opened on Oak­leigh Road South in 1892, when the first sub­ur­ban hous­es were begin­ning to appear.

From the 1920s Brunswick Park saw sig­nif­i­cant indus­tri­al devel­op­ment on land released by the ceme­tery com­pa­ny north of Water­fall Road, where Stan­dard Tele­phone and Cable estab­lished a fac­to­ry that employed 14,000 at its peak. This was a tar­get for ene­my attacks in the Sec­ond World War and V1 rock­ets fell here in 1944.

North­ern Tele­com (Nor­tel) man­u­fac­tured telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment here from 1989 but left in 2000. The site has since been rebrand­ed the North Lon­don busi­ness park. A sec­ond indus­tri­al area on Oak­leigh Road South has been rede­vel­oped for mixed use, includ­ing pri­vate and social hous­ing.

The ward of Brunswick Park has a var­ied socio-eco­nom­ic pro­file, with some pock­ets of hard­ship, but the typ­i­cal res­i­dent is mar­ried with chil­dren, lives in a mort­gaged semi-detached or ter­raced house and works as a low­er lev­el man­ag­er for a small busi­ness. Twelve per cent of Brunswick Park res­i­dents are retired.

Brunswick Park is also the name of a street, ward, school and recreation ground in north-east Camberwell, in the London Borough of Southwark.

Postal district: N11
Population: 16,394 (2011 census)

 

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