Turkey Brook

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The confluence of Turkey Brook and the River Lee Navigation below Enfield Lock
The brook at Turkey Street, Enfield

Turkey Brook rises near the Fir and Pond Woods Local Nature Reserve near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.

Etymology[edit]

The brook is named from the hamlet Turkey Street, which is recorded as Tokestreete (1441), Tuckhey strete (1610), Tuckey street (1615), and Turkey street (1805) (probably street of houses, i.e. hamlet, from Middle English strete, associated with a family called Toke or Tokey).

The modern form of the name Turkey, not in use before the 19th century, is no doubt due to folk etymology.[1]

Watercourse[edit]

The brook flows in an easterly direction and is joined by other streams including Cuffley Brook, Cattlegate Brook and the Small River Lea. Along its course it flows through Cuffley, Crews Hill Golf Club, Clay Hill, Whitewebbs Park, Forty Hill and Albany Park before merging with the River Lee Navigation below Enfield Lock.

Ecology[edit]

The brook is mostly shallow, fast flowing and clean and can support wildlife. Coarse fish including dace use the brook to spawn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mills A. D. Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p231 ISBN 0-19-860957-4 Retrieved 25 October 2008

External links[edit]

"Turkey Brook: a small-scale river study". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 

Coordinates: 51°40′08″N 0°02′06″W / 51.6688°N 0.035°W / 51.6688; -0.035