Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill, Enfield

A street and station situated in a pleasant corner of north-west Enfield

Pretty houses and front gardens in Gordon Hill, although the gardens have mostly been paved over, leaving only flowered borders

This was part of the vir­gin ter­ri­to­ry of Enfield Chase until its enclo­sure and divi­sion in the late 1770s, when much of the land was acquired by Trin­i­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge.

Only one house of note stood here at that time, the some­time home (and per­haps birth­place) of Lord George Gor­don, who became noto­ri­ous as the insti­ga­tor of an anti-Catholic upris­ing in Lon­don in 1780. He led tens of thou­sands of Protes­tant demon­stra­tors in a march on Par­lia­ment that turned into five days of destruc­tive riots even­tu­al­ly put down by the army. Hun­dreds of riot­ers were killed and Gor­don was charged with trea­son, but acquit­ted.

Gor­don House was the res­i­dence of Sir Thomas Hal­li­fax, a banker and for­mer Lord May­or of Lon­don, until his death in 1789. In the late 1850s the North Lon­don Soci­ety bought the house, demol­ished it and laid out streets, but a decade lat­er only a few hous­es had been built on Hal­i­fax Road and Gor­don Road.

Ser­vices began at the unfin­ished church of St Michael and All Angels in 1874. It was almost 90 years before the church’s west wall and narthex (entrance lob­by) were com­plet­ed. Sep­a­rate schools for infants, boys and girls were built and lat­er amal­ga­mat­ed on the boys’ school site at the foot of Brigadier Hill.

The North Lon­don Soci­ety began to extend its estate in the 1880s and built hous­es on the site of Gor­don House in 1894. Gor­don Hill sta­tion opened in 1910 when the Great North­ern Rail­way line was extend­ed to Cuf­fley in Hert­ford­shire but the area main­tained a semi-rur­al aspect until the 1930s.

Sev­er­al com­pact apart­ment blocks have been built in new cul-de-sacs in recent years to cap­i­talise on the locality’s ‘high­ly sought after’ sta­tus. St George’s RC pri­ma­ry school, on Gor­don Road, is regard­ed as one of the best state schools in Lon­don and most of its pupils come from very favourable social and eco­nom­ic back­grounds.

Postcode area: Enfield EN2
Station: Great Northern (zone 5)

 

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