Hadley Wood

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Hadley Wood
Hadley Wood is located in Greater London
Hadley Wood
Hadley Wood
 Hadley Wood shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ265975
London borough Enfield
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BARNET
Postcode district EN4
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament Enfield Southgate
London Assembly Enfield and Haringey
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Coordinates: 51°39′43″N 0°10′21″W / 51.66205°N 0.17245°W / 51.66205; -0.17245

Hadley Wood is a suburb of North London, close to the border with Hertfordshire. It is located in the London Borough of Enfield, about 11 miles (17.7 km) north north-west of Charing Cross and is situated close to Barnet. In January 2008, it became part of the Transport for London London low emission zone, along with the majority of the rest of Greater London.

Transport links[edit]


Hadley Wood railway station is located at the meeting of Crescent East and Crescent West, in the centre of Hadley Wood. It is operated by First Capital Connect.


There is no underground station in Hadley Wood, but Cockfosters tube station (Piccadilly line) can be reached by car in less than five minutes.


London Buses routes 298 and 399 serve Hadley Wood.

Places of interest[edit]

Trent Country Park - A 400-acre (1.6 km2) oasis of meadows, woodlands and lakes. It was once a hunting ground for Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and James I. With dedicated walking, cycling and horseriding routes there is no shortage of ways to explore the park. Of note is Camlet Moat which is one of the borough's five scheduled ancient monuments. Additionally kids will love the Wildlife Rescue Centre, which is home to deer, foxes, rabbits and birds.

There is Hadley Wood Golf Course and Club nearby, which is also located on Beech Hill a Tennis Club on Crescent East as well as the local football pitches. Also nearby is Monken Hadley Common and Enfield Chase. Occasionally West Lodge Park Hotel and grounds have open days to the general public. This is usually organised through the National Gardens Scheme. A children's playground is located between the grounds of the tennis courts and Hadley Wood Primary School on Crescent East.

Every year on the 5 November Bonfire Night, a fireworks display is held in Crescent East on a field between Hadley Wood Primary School and the tennis courts.

In Hadley Wood Village there is a small parade of shops consisting of a gym, restaurant, café, Statons Estate Agents LLP, newsagent, hairdresser, dry cleaner and beauty salon.This is also where the First Capital Connect Hadley Wood railway station is.


Hadley Wood borders onto the village of Monken Hadley, now a suburb of Barnet, and the two settlements share some features of social life. However, in modern history the two communities are distinct and separate, belonging to different parishes (both civil and ecclesiastical), which in turn belong to different civil Boroughs and ecclesiastical Deaneries.

Hadley Wood has historically been linked to Cockfosters. In civil administration it was part of the Municipal Borough of Enfield from its foundation in 1850 until 1965. In 1909 it became part of the newly created Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters, for the return of local Councillors. In 1965 the Municipal Borough was abolished, and the London Borough of Enfield formed. The Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters, whilst covering the same geographical area, is now known simply as the Ward of Cockfosters.[1] In ecclesiastical administration, Hadley Wood remains part of the parish of Cockfosters, and the Deanery of Enfield.[2] However, in 1911 a small local church (technically a 'proprietary chapel') dedicated to St Paul was opened on Camlet Way, Hadley Wood. Although it has not achieved the status of a parish church, it now operates independently of Cockfosters parish church, with its own staff and administration. In March 2011 St Paul's church celebrated its centenary with a special weekend of events.

The large railway station at Hadley Wood, with four long platforms, seems out of proportion to the size of the community. Local folklore suggests that the station was enlarged at the behest of local resident Sir Nigel Gresley, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway, who lived in Hadley Wood during the 1920s and 1930s before moving closer to St Albans,[3] although there seems to be little or no evidence to support the theory.

Notable residents[edit]


For education throughout the Borough, see List of schools in the London Borough of Enfield.

Hadley Wood has one primary school. Hadley Wood School is administered by the London Borough of Enfield.[4] There is a private Roman Catholic secondary school, St Martha's Convent School. Some children in Hadley Wood attend Monken Hadley Church of England Primary School in the neighbouring community of Monken Hadley, administered by the London Borough of Barnet.


  1. ^ Ward boundaries indicated on the website of the Borough Council.
  2. ^ Ecclesiastical details listed at Crockford Clerical Directory.
  3. ^ The Hadley Wood residence is cited in this biography.
  4. ^ Hadley Wood School

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