Place:Enfield, Middlesex, England

Alt namesEnfield St Andrewsource: Vision of Britain
TypeParish, Borough (municipal)
Coordinates51.67°N 0.09°W
Located inMiddlesex, England     ( - 1965)
See alsoEnfield (London Borough), Greater London, EnglandLondon Borough into which the municipal borough was transferred in 1965
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

Enfield, or Enfield St Andrew, is one of the ancient parishes of Middlesex. It became an Urban District in 1894 and was incorporated to become a Municipal Borough in 1955. Enfield Municipal Borough was abolished in 1965, becoming part of the London Borough of Enfield in Greater London.

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Enfield was a local government district in Middlesex, England from 1850 to 1965.

The parish of Enfield adopted the Public Health Act 1848 in 1850, and formed a local board of health of 12 members to govern the area. The local board's area was reconstituted by the Local Government Act 1894, and became Enfield Urban District. Enfield Urban District Council replaced the local board, and was divided into four wards: "Town", "Chase & Bull's Cross", "Ordnance" and "Green Street & Ponders End". In 1909 two new wards, "Bush Park" and "Hadley Wood & Cockfosters" were formed.

The urban district council successfully petitioned for a charter of incorporation in 1955, becoming a municipal borough. The municipal borough was divided into ten wards: "Bush Hill Park", "Cambridge Road", "Chase", "Enfield Wash", "Green Street", "Ordnance, Ponders End", "Town", "West", "and Willow".

The borough was abolished under the London Government Act 1963 and was merged with the Municipal Borough of Southgate and the Municipal Borough of Edmonton to form the London Borough of Enfield in Greater London on 1 April 1965.

The borough included what is now known as Enfield Town, Ponders End and other settlements such as Brimsdown, Enfield Wash and Enfield Lock.

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Enfield from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles of 1887:

"Enfield.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., Middlesex, on New River, 10 m. N. of London, 12,653 ac., pop. 19,104; [Post Office], [Telegraph Office]; also P.O., T.O., at Enfield Highway; P.O., T.O., at Enfield Lock; and P.O. at Enfield Wash; 1 Bank, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Saturday. Enfield belonged to the Crown till the time of James I., and has remains of an ancient royal palace. Enfield Chase was disforested in the 18th century, and is now occupied by the villas of London traders. Enfield Lock is the seat of the Government small-arms factory, and gave name to the once famous "Enfield Rifle."."

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