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Bounds Green is an area in the north of London, in the London Borough of Haringey. Parts of Bounds Green are also known as New Southgate, but most of New Southgate lies in the London Borough of Enfield to the north west.
Bounds Green was originally formed as a popular overnight stop-over for travellers, located on the then outskirts of London, just short of the tollgate at Turnpike Lane. Today it is a residential suburb just north of Wood Green. Bounds Green Underground station on the Piccadilly line, opened by in 1932, is in the area previously known as Bowes Park and which is also served by Bowes Park railway station. The original name of Bounds Green was associated with the former Bounds Green Farm near Cline Road N11 some 500 metres to the north east of the London Underground station.
The Green is still extant in part and is the common land either side of Bounds Green Road N11. The common of approx two acres is bounded by Warwick Road N11, The Drive N11,Tewkesbury Terrace N11 and Bounds Green Brook to the north of the A406 road. Control of the common land passed to the London Borough of Haringey from the Municipal Borough of Wood Green in 1964.
- For details of education in Bounds Green see the London Borough of Haringey article.
Bounds Green has good transport links, with its own tube station on the Piccadilly line. Bowes Park mainline station, on the line into Kings Cross and Moorgate, is a short distance away. There are also a number of bus services connecting Bounds Green to the surrounding areas. Bounds Green is bordered by the A406 North Circular Road to the north which has blighted nearby roads due to ongoing uncertainty over proposals to widen it to six lanes.
In popular culture
Mike Skinner of The Streets mentions Bounds Green in the track "Has It Come To This", from the album Original Pirate Material, in the line "my underground train runs from Mile End to Ealing, from Brixton to Bounds Green".
Cylob has a 2007 album called Bounds Green.
Notable people associated with Bounds Green
The eminent surgeon, Henry Cline (1750–1827), bought Bounds Green House in 1808 together with surrounding farm land. The house was located to the south of the present Cline Road. Cline was a surgeon at St Thomas' Hospital and later became President of the Royal College of Surgeons (1823).
Peter Stammers,(Born 1938) stage name Alcar, is a magician who went to Bounds Green School, Junior & Senior, during the war and just after. On retiring from performing he concentrated on writing, teaching and inventing magic. He continues these activities living in Cyprus ironically, the country to which he served his national service during the uprising.
The lead singer of The Feeling, Dan Gillespie Sells, grew up in Bounds Green and some of the band members still live in the area. The title of the Feeling's first album, Twelve Stops and Home, refers to the journey Gillespie used to make home to Bounds Green from Leicester Square. The title comes from lyrics in the album track "Blue Piccadilly".