Green Lanes, N21

Road in/near Winchmore Hill, existing until now

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Road · Winchmore Hill · N21 ·
September
12
2021

Green Lanes is part of an old route that led from Shoreditch to Hertford.

Green Lanes may have been in use from the second century during Roman times - its name derives from its connecting a series of greens en route, many of which no longer exist as greens.

In the mid 19th century the southernmost part was renamed Southgate Road - until that occurred, the Green Lanes name referred to a much longer thoroughfare. It possibly originated as a drovers’ road along which cattle were walked from Hertfordshire to London.

Green Lanes ultimately runs north from Newington Green, forming the boundary between Hackney and Islington, until it reaches Manor House. As it crosses the New River over Green Lanes Bridge, it enters the London Borough of Haringey. From the junction with Turnpike Lane the road temporarily changes its name and runs through Wood Green as ’High Road’, resuming its Green Lanes identity again after the junction with Lascott’s Road. It then continues north through Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill in the London Borough of Enfield, until it reaches the junction with Ridge Avenue and Green Dragon Lane at Mason’s Corner.

The northernmost, Winchmore Hill section, contains a series of sharp bends. After the beginning of the twentieth century brought shops to Green Lanes, the road was much widened at this spot.

Further south along the road, Turkish immigrants arrived from Cyprus from the late 1950s onwards. With the Mediterranean feel of shops and cafés and with the island itself in inter-communal turmoil, Greek Cypriots also arrived. The two communities largely lived in harmony in Green Lanes.

The Greek community has largely moved away and the area is now much more Turkish in character although Green Lanes has also begun to gentrify in the northern sections.




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John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Winchmore Hill Winchmore Hill is a district in the London Borough of Enfield bounded on the east by Green Lanes (the A105) and on the west by Grovelands Park.

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Green Dragon The oldest pub in the district was the Green Dragon on Green Lanes.
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The Queens Head This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
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Vicars Moor Lawn Tennis Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Winchmore Hill Bowling Club This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.
Winchmore Hill Sports Club (CC) This pub existed immediately prior to the 2020 global pandemic and may still do so.


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Winchmore Hill

Winchmore Hill is a district in the London Borough of Enfield bounded on the east by Green Lanes (the A105) and on the west by Grovelands Park.

Once a small village hamlet in the parish of Edmonton, Winchmore Hill borders Palmers Green, Southgate, Edmonton, Enfield Chase and Bush Hill Park. At the heart is Winchmore Hill Green, a village green surrounded by shops and restaurants. The nearest Underground station is at Southgate which is on the Piccadilly Line.

Of particular note in Winchmore Hill is Grovelands Park which originated as a private estate before being partly being sold to the council in 1913. What remained in private hands, is the famous Priory Clinic.

Prior to occupation by the Romans, the area was occupied by the Catuvellauni tribe. It is believed that this tribe built an ancient hill fort on the mound where the Bush Hill Park Golf clubhouse now stands.

The earliest recorded mention of Winchmore Hill is in a deed dated 1319 in which it is spelt Wynsemerhull. By 1565 the village was known as Wynsmorehyll, becoming Winchmore Hill by the time it was mentioned in state papers in 1586.

There are many buildings of historical note in Winchmore Hill including St Paul’s Church, being built as a Waterloo Church on land donated from the Grovelands estate. The church ceiling was the largest unsupported expanse of plasterwork in Europe until its renovation in the 1960s introduced concealed supports. The original wooden clapperboard St Paul’s School building can be seen a little further down Church Hill.

The oldest pub in the district is probably the Green Dragon on Green Lanes. It is reputed to have started in 1726 on the junction of Green Lanes and Green Dragon Lane. Then, highwaymen were hanged near to where they were caught. The original Green Dragon was pulled down in 1892 and the new one was extensively remodelled in 1935. Victorian County History reveals that by 1752 The Orange Tree, The Green Dragon and The Kings Head were all established, although not in their present form.

In 1865 the Great Northern Railway Company obtained permission to build a new line to run from Wood Green to Hertford through Palmers Green and Enfield. Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill were to be the intervening rural stations. The branch opened on 1 April 1871. An electric tramway along Green Lanes from Palmers Green was developed in 1907 helping to further develop the area.


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Green Dragon Lane (1906)
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In the neighbourhood...

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The Green Dragon on Green Lanes was the oldest pub in Winchmore Hill (founded 1726). Resited in 1892, this photo shows it before it was remodelled in 1935. The pub closed for good in January 2015.
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Green Dragon Lane (1906)
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Hillcrest, N21 Hillcrest is a typical suburban road of Winchmore Hill.
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