Clay Hill, London
Clay Hill is a small area of Enfield, London, England. It is located to the north of Enfield Town. Mainly a residential area which almost borders Crews Hill to the north and forms part of London's Green Belt. Places of interest include Clay Hill House, Whitewebbs Park, Hillyfields Park and Forty Hall.
Clay Hill is recorded as Clayhyll 1524, Clayhillgate 1636, apparently self-explanatory, 'hill with clay soil', with -gate which refers to gate of Enfield Chase. However the local name Claysmore, earlier Clayes More Grove 1610, is to be associated with the family of William atte Cleye (that is 'at the clayey place') 1274, John Clay 1420. Clay Hill may derive from a surname rather than the word clay.
Whitewebbs has longstanding links with the Gunpowder Plot, as Guy Fawkes and his fellow revolutionaries are known to have used a safe house in Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield. The claim as to location of this safe house is held by the Rose and Crown Public House which was extended into what would have been cottages at the time. He is also reputed to have drunk at the King and Tinker pub, known then as The White Hart.
The North Enfield Cricket Club ground is located within the Clay Hill area, at the top of Hilly Fields Park.
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