Bury Street

Bury Street, Enfield

A former hamlet in Lower Edmonton centred on the thoroughfare of that name, which was split in two by the creation of the Great Cambridge Road in the 1920s

St Michael Bassishaw, now flats

From the mid-17th century Bury Street was one of the four constituent wards of Edmonton. The ward took in an extensive area; its main settle­ment was Winchmore Hill.

Bury Hall was a grand Jacobean house, enlarged in 1750, and possessed by just three families during its three-century existence. Its last private owner was William Bowater, the paper-maker.

When Bury Hall was auctioned by Harrods in 1914 the partic­u­lars of sale stated that its cellar “covers a larger area than the house, and is believed to have been connected with a subter­ranean passage that linked up the old houses in Bury Street, and connected with the Church.” Despite this boast the property did not meet its £5,500 reserve price. The hall was demol­ished to make way for the Great Cambridge Road.

Houses began to line Bury Street from the end of the 19th century, but much of the vicinity remained covered by nurseries until its interwar development.

The street now crosses the railway via a bridge, which replaced a level crossing and its keeper’s cottage. Bury Street West and Little Bury Street, which crosses Salmon’s Brook, retained some delightful 18th-century cottages until they were knocked down in the 1930s.

Shown in the photo­graph above,* the church of St Michael Bassishaw was built in 1901 by William Caröe, with a foun­da­tion stone by Eric Gill. The construc­tion of the church was funded with part of the proceeds from the sale of land in the City of London on which its namesake had stood. Bury Street’s St Michael Bassishaw was made redundant in 1982 and sensi­tively converted into flats.

Walmer House, a twelve-storey block of 44 council flats, was built in the late 1960s. Many of the flats are now privately owned.

Salisbury House

Perhaps the locality’s finest surviving building is the grade II* listed Salisbury House, on Bury Street West. Built in the early 17th century, the house became Enfield’s first arts centre in 1957 and was sensi­tively restored by the council in 1992. Today it hosts community art classes and a variety of events and activ­i­ties. The rooms and grounds are available to hire.

Salisbury House is also home to the business and community platform Love Your Doorstep and the community arts organ­i­sa­tion Art Start. There’s a café coming soon too. Marked with a big pink pin on the map below, the house adjoins Bury Lodge Gardens.

Postal district: N9
* The picture of St Michael Bassishaw, on this page is adapted from an original photograph, copyright John Salmon, 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. The photograph of Salisbury House is copyright the London Borough of Enfield and used with permission.