Enfield Lock shown within Greater London
|OS grid reference|
|Ceremonial county||Greater London|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01992 / 020|
|UK Parliament||Enfield North|
|London Assembly||Enfield and Haringey|
Enfield Lock is an area in the London Borough of Enfield, north London. It is approximately located east of the Hertford Road between Turkey Street and the Holmesdale Tunnel overpass, to the River Lee Navigation, including the Enfield Island Village. The locality gains its name from the lock on the River Lee Navigation. Today's Enfield Lock was re-built in 1922. The area forms part of the Lee Valley Park and the Enfield Lock Conservation Area.  Enfield Lock has marshland formally used as a testing site between the Royal Small Arms Factory and The Gunpowder Mills and Epping Forest on its eastern boundary. To the south is Ponders End, the north Waltham Cross and to the east Bulls Cross. Enfield Lock forms part of the London boundary and from points, rural countryside of Waltham Abbey and Epping can be seen to the north whilst Londons East End can clearly be seen to the south.
The area was first developed from about 1812 when a government-owned rifle factory, which was later known as the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF), Enfield, was built. The factory was built towards the end of the Napoleonic War on the instructions of the Board of Ordnance on marshland at Enfield Lock on the banks of both the River Lea and the River Lee Navigation. The RSAF was closed in the late 1980s, shortly after privatisation, and the majority of the former site has now been redeveloped into a large housing development: Enfield Island Village. The original machine shop frontage and the older part of the rear structure has been retained and was converted into workshops and retail units by the Enfield Enterprise Agency. Until the construction of the M25 in the 1980s, and the later building of the A1055, the area was much like a village with only a small population and consisting of only a few roads in the locality. Roads such as Ordnance Road, Salisbury Road and Medcalf Road are still populated by families who have lived in the Enfield Lock area for several generations.
After rioting had spread from neighbouring Tottenham on 8 August 2011, the Sony DADC/PIAS distribution centre on the Innova Business Park was looted and destroyed by fire. The Home Secretary, Theresa May, was shown the destroyed distribution centre by chief police officers and firefighters on 12 August 2011. In September 2012, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, opened the rebuilt warehouse.
Transport and locale
Nearest railway stations
The local MP (for Enfield North) is Joan Ryan Labour, who ousted the previous Conservative MP, Nick de Bois, in the general election of 7 May 2015. Nick de Bois had previously beaten Joan Ryan, who had served as the Enfield North MP between 1997 and 2010.
- Primary schools: Chesterfield Infant School, Chesterfield Junior School, Keys Meadow Primary, Prince of Wales Primary School
- Secondary Schools: Oasis Academy Enfield
National Cycle Route 1 follows the River Lea towpath to Gunpowder Park.
Gunpowder Park lies to the east of Enfield Lock is a large open space consisting of mostly marsh land and lakes. The land is owned and managed by the Lee Valley Regional Park and is open to the public.
- http://www.enfield.gov.uk/362/Enfield%20Lock.pdf Local Government Boundaries map
- Enfield Lock - a history Retrieved 26 August 2010
- Enfield Lock Conservation Area Retrieved 20 November 2013
- Mills. A. D. Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p76 ISBN 0-19-860957-4 Retrieved 21 October 2008
- News report
- News report Retrieved 14 August 2011
- Sony Innova Way Retrieved 25 September 2012
- River Lea Anglers Club Retrieved 2 December 2014
- Lee Valley Park-Gunpowder Park Retrieved 3 August 2015
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