Crews Hill is an elevated and green-buffered former hamlet of Enfield grown into a small village-size community in the northern outskirts of London centred 12 miles (19 km) north of Charing Cross. It forms part of the London Borough of Enfield and economically has many garden centres and plant nurseries.
Named from its association with the Crew family, mentioned in local records of the mid-18th century.
The area has one bus service (route W10). Crews Hill is served by Crews Hill railway station with trains to Hertford North, Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth, in the north, and Moorgate, or King's Cross, to the south.
Places of interest
Nearby, there is Crews Hill Golf Course, which dates from 1916. John White, the Tottenham Hotspur and Scotland national football team player, was killed by lightning while sheltering under a tree at the golf course on 21 July 1964.
On Whitewebbs Lane there is the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. This is open from 9am - 4pm every Tuesday as well as the last Sunday of every month.
Further up the road is Whitewebbs Park. This is a country park and includes the Enfield Municipal Golf Course.
Crews Hill originally had a large area of glasshouse production, to serve the nearby London market with cut flowers, pot plants and vegetables. As this became less economic, these sites transformed into a number of garden centres and retail nurseries. Describing the horticultural output of Crews Hill, journalist Ian Jack wrote: "The greenhouses at Crews Hill ('Britain's horticultural mile') used to supply London with flowers and salads. Then came garden centres. Now there are warehouses filled with flowers, chilled at a permanent 7C, the same temperature that has kept them fresh in the six-hour lorry and rail journey through the tunnel from the auctions in Holland."
Turkey Brook flows through Crews Hill.
- Mills A. D. Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p59 ISBN 0-19-860957-4 Retrieved 30 October 2008
- Jack, Ian (February 16, 2008). "How roses got caught between the supermarkets and the greens". theguardian.com. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
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