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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.
Places of interest
Hadley Wood borders onto the village of Monken Hadley, now a suburb of Barnet, and the two settlements share some 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 historically been linked to Cockfosters. In civil administration it was part of the Municipal Borough of Enfield from its foundation in 1850 until 1965. In 1909 it became part of the newly created Ward of Hadley Wood and Cockfosters, 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.
In ecclesiastical administration, Hadley Wood remains part of the parish of Cockfosters, and the Deanery of Enfield. 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 railway station at Hadley Wood, with four long platforms, seems 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 closer to St Albans, although there seems to be little or no evidence to support the theory.
- Jeremy Beadle died while residing here on 30 January 2008
- Darren Bent Aston Villa player
- General William Booth lived here from 1889 until 1912
- Pattie Boyd, fashion model, who married George Harrison and Eric Clapton, lived here during childhood and attended St Martha's Convent.
- Kyran Bracken (English Rugby player and Dancing On Ice winner)
- Emma Bunton (Former member of the Spice Girls)
- Cheryl and Ashley Cole (Chelsea player) lived here in 2007
- Edgar Davids (Former Spurs player/midfielder) lived here in 2007
- Elaine Delmar (Singer)
- Diaby - Arsenal player
- Kieran Gibbs - Arsenal player
- Sir Nigel Gresley - leading British locomotive engineer and designer
- Sir Ian Hunter, classical music impresario, was born in Hadley Wood in 1919.
- Alan Hutton Former Aston Villa player
- Kanu former Portsmouth player
- Robbie Keane former Tottenham Hotspur player
- Niko Kranjcar - Former Tottenham Hotspur player
- Lemar (Former Fame Academy contestant and Singer)
- Lennox Lewis (Former heavy weight champion of the world)
- Richard Littlejohn (Newspaper columnist and television presenter)
- Luka Modric - Former Tottenham Hotspur player
- David O'Leary (1990s football player)
- Paul Robinson former Tottenham Hotspur player
- Tomáš Rosický (Arsenal player)
- Phil Tufnell lived here in childhood.
- Rafael van der Vaart former Tottenham Hotspur and Holland player
- Diana, Princess of Wales lived here in childhood.
- Kimberley Walsh Member of pop group Girls Aloud
- Amy Winehouse moved here in spring 2009 and moved out in 2010
- Paul Young - Singer
- Colin Chapman - founder of Lotus Cars
There is a Church of England Primary School in the neighbouring community of Monken Hadley, administered by the London Borough of Barnet.
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- The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Volume 10, No. 267, August 4, 1827, from Project Gutenberg
- http://www.hadleywood.org.uk/, Hadley Wood Association