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Brimsdown Avenue
Brimsdown is located in Greater London
 Brimsdown shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ365975
London borough Enfield
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ENFIELD
Postcode district EN3
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Enfield North
London Assembly Enfield and Haringey
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Coordinates: 51°39′35″N 0°01′32″W / 51.6596°N 0.0255°W / 51.6596; -0.0255

Brimsdown is a place in the London Borough of Enfield, north London generally known as the Lea Valley. The Brimsdown area is roughly located in the area either side of Mollison Avenue, to Bilton Way, just south of Ordnance Road, extending as far south as the Mollison Avenue/Jeffreys Road roundabout.[1] It is home to the Brimsdown Industrial Estate and also includes a residential area just west of the Lea Valley railway line.

This area was the easternmost part of the old parish of Enfield.

The area east of the Lea Valley Lines railway is almost exclusively reserved for industrial use, while west of this railway (which serves Brimsdown and Enfield Lock stations) is a residential area primarily built up in the 1930s which extends, without any particular border, to Enfield Highway, Enfield Wash and Enfield Lock. This residential area around Brimsdown Avenue, Brimsdown railway station and Brimsdown School is also considered part of Brimsdown.


Brimsdown was first recorded as Grymesdoun in 1420, Grymesdoune 1441, Grymes downe, Brymesdowne 1610, Grymsdown, Brimsdown 1686. Originally the first element seems to be the surname Gryme with the Middle English doun, here 'slightly raised ground' ( in a low-lying area beside the River Lea). Grīm being probably a nickname for the heathen god Woden.[2]

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Mossops Bridge spans the River Lee Navigation (completed 1999)
Mossops Creek Bridge (completed 2006)
  • River Lee Navigation
  • Mossops Creek was dug in the 1890s by Mosses and Co Gravel Extraction Company.[3] The creek can be reached from Mossops Bridge (completed 1999)[4] which spans the River Lee Navigation.

Mossops Creek Bridge (completed 2006)[5] forms part of the Mossops Creek permissive path which link the River Lee Navigation to the Brimsdown Industrial Estate and Brimsdown railway station.

Angling is allowed on the River Lee Navigation towpath between Enfield Lock and Ponders End Lock. Information from the River Lea Anglers Club.[6]


Schools and colleges[edit]

Primary schools

  • Brimsdown Infant School
  • Brimsdown Junior School, attended by academic Professor Philip Tew, cartoonist and illustrator Ian West, and actor Ray Winstone.[7]




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  1. ^ Local Government Map of Brimsdown & Enfield Highway Retrieved March 3, 2008
  2. ^ Mills, A,D, Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p30 ISBN 0-19-860957-4 Retrieved 20 October 2008
  3. ^ Mossops Creek Retrieved November 20, 2007
  4. ^ Mossops Bridge Retrieved November 19, 2007
  5. ^ Mossops Creek bridge Retrieved June 07, 2008
  6. ^ River Lea Anglers Club Retrieved 2 December 2014
  7. ^ Ray Winstone Retrieved 16 May 2011

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