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Cockfosters is a suburb of North London, lying partly in the London Borough of Enfield and partly in the London Borough of Barnet. Cockfosters was located pre-1965 in the counties of Hertfordshire and Middlesex.
Origins and popular attractions
The name has been recorded as far back as 1524, and is thought to be either the name of a family, or that of a house which stood on Enfield Chase. One suggestion is that it was "the residence of the cock forester (or chief forester)".
Of note in Cockfosters is Trent Park which serves as a country park. Christ Church, Cockfosters was founded in 1839. The Piccadilly line of the London Underground reached Cockfosters in 1933. The Cock & Dragon Pub (formerly the Cock), offset from Cockfosters Road on Chalk Lane, opened in 1798.
There were two campuses of Middlesex University nearby:
- One in Trent Park
- One at the top of Cat Hill, next to the large roundabout.
The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture was also located on the Cat Hill campus.
However all three of the above establishments were shut down throughout 2011/2012. Both Middlesex University Campuses, as well as the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture moved to the Hendon Campus.
Southgate School is located on Sussex Way.
Trent C of E Primary School is located on Chalk Lane.
Theatre and the arts
The Chickenshed Theatre Company, aka Chickenshed, is located in Cockfosters. It was founded in 1975 in a chicken shed and has since moved to its current site. It now produces many shows. It is an inclusive theatre company, and started the concept of "inclusive theatre", which means anyone, regardless of background, race, gender, age or disability, is allowed to both watch and perform in theatre.
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Sport and leisure
Saracens used to play at Chase Side (also known as Clocktower Park). ("Chase Side" is the name of a road between Cockfosters and Southgate). However, they moved to and currently reside in Watford. The ground is still used for Enfield F.C. training and for the Saracens' 'B' team, Saracens Storm. It is also used as Saracens Amateurs' training ground. Cockfosters Cricket Club and Southgate Compton Cricket Club play at Chalk Lane on fields adjacent to Christ Church.
Cockfosters is home to Trent Country Park, which covers approximately 320 hectares, inviting many tourists, and being a popular walking ground for local residents. Another attraction within Trent Park's grounds, being only installed in 2012, is the treetop adventure park GoApe, where in groups one can explore the trees, whilst attached securely to zip-line ropes, overcoming obstacles such as tight ropes or wobbling planks.
The MP for Southgate, David Burrowes, was born in Cockfosters. George Baillie Duncan ministered at Christ Church, Cockfosters and the cricketer Andrew Wingfield Digby was a curate there. Cameron McVey grew up in Cockfosters. The poet John Betjeman, who taught at Heddon Court School in 1929-30, wrote "The Cricket Master" about his experiences there. Other transient residents have included the footballers Tommy Docherty and George Eastham, and Dave Davies of the Kinks. Professor John Stollery also grew up in Cockfosters.
- Cockfosters Station is the terminus of the Piccadilly line.
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