Hadley Wood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Hadley Wood
Hadley Wood is located in Greater London
Hadley Wood
Hadley Wood
Location within Greater London
OS grid referenceTQ265975
London borough
Ceremonial countyGreater London
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBARNET
Postcode districtEN4
Dialling code020
UK Parliament
London Assembly
List of places
51°39′43″N 0°10′21″W / 51.66205°N 0.17245°W / 51.66205; -0.17245Coordinates: 51°39′43″N 0°10′21″W / 51.66205°N 0.17245°W / 51.66205; -0.17245
Beech Hill Park, as illustrated in European Magazine, 1 July 1796.[1]
St Paul's Church, the first church in Hadley Wood. Built in concrete in 1910–11 to the plan of Albert Kingwell.
Shops in Crescent West adjacent to the railway station.
A view of Parkgate Avenue

Hadley Wood is a suburb in the north of Greater 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.


Hadley Wood sits just east of the village of Monken Hadley (which is now a suburb of Barnet), with the two settlements sharing several 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 always possessed a strong historical link with the suburb of Cockfosters. In civil administration, Hadley Wood was part of the Municipal Borough of Enfield since its foundation in 1850 all the way up until 1965. Hadley Wood became part of the newly created Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters in 1909 to allow 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.[2]

In ecclesiastical administration, Hadley Wood remains part of the parish of Cockfosters and the Deanery of Enfield.[3] 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.

The large, four-platform railway station at Hadley Wood seems somewhat 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 away to near St Albans.[4] Yet, there seems to be little or no evidence to support the theory.


  • Hadley Wood School is a primary school administered by the London Borough of Enfield.[5]
  • There is a Church of England Primary School in the neighbouring community of Monken Hadley, administered by the London Borough of Barnet.
  • A private Roman Catholic secondary school, St Martha's Convent School, takes female students from the ages of 11-18 and is located in nearby Monken Hadley.


See also[edit]

  • Beech Hill Park, a grade II listed building off Beech Hill, that is today used as the club house of Hadley Wood Golf Course.
  • Charles Jack, farmer and landowner who was primarily responsible for the construction of Hadley Wood.
  • Albert Kingwell, long-serving estate manager at Hadley Wood.


  1. ^ Clark, Nancy. (1978) Hadley Wood: Its background and development. 2nd revised edition. p. 65.
  2. ^ Ward boundaries indicated on the website Archived 13 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine of the Borough Council.
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical details listed at Crockford Clerical Directory.
  4. ^ The Hadley Wood residence is cited in this Archived 27 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine biography.
  5. ^ Hadley Wood School

Further reading[edit]

  • Clark, Nancy. (1968) Hadley Wood: Its background and development. (2nd revised edition 1978).

External links[edit]