Pymmes Brook is located in North London and named after William Pymme, a local land owner. It is a minor tributary of the River Lea. The brook mostly flows through urban areas and is particularly prone to flooding in its lower reaches. To alleviate the problem the brook has been culverted in many areas. Part of it is a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II.
The brook rises in Hadley Wood and flows in a south-easterly direction to merge with the River Lee Navigation at Tottenham. It passes through East Barnet, where it is joined by a small tributary, the Shirebourne, and then goes on to New Southgate, Arnos Grove, Palmers Green and Edmonton. After flowing through Pymmes Park the brook can be seen at Fore Street, Edmonton before it flows underground and emerges south of the North Circular Road at Angel Road, where it is joined by Salmons Brook. The brook, now enclosed in a concrete conduit, flows parallel with the River Lee Navigation until it merges with the Lea below Ferry Lane A503 at Tottenham Lock.
The brook can be seen in the following larger parks;
It also flows through a number of other open spaces, smaller parks, and greens.
The Pymmes Brook Trail follows the approximate course of the brook from Monken Hadley Common to Lee Valley Leisure Complex in Edmonton or alternatively to the River Lee Navigation at Pickett's Lock, Edmonton where the path joins the Lea Valley Walk.
During the Middle Ages, it was known as the Medesenge, in the late 17th century as Millicents brook then, by the late 18th century as Bell brook.
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- Mills . A. D. Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p184 ISBN 0-19-860957-4
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