Palmers Green to New Southgate WWII Heritage Trail

As part of the Enfield at War Project we have been producing war walks for Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate. The Enfield Town First World War Heritage Trail is already available and now the next one has just come back from the printer.  The Palmers Green to New Southgate WWII Heritage Trail is an easy walk that takes between 1½ and 2½ hours.  It starts at Princes Avenue  the site of the highest number of deaths in a single incident in World War Two and takes you through Palmers Green to Broomfield Park,  Waterfall Road, Arnos Park, Bowes road ending up at the Grove Road Open Space in New Southgate.  The leaflets are available from Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive, First Floor Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, EN2 6DS and will be distributed to all Enfield libraries. The map can also be downloaded from the Enfield Council website: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/1062/local_studies/3813/second_world_war_palmers_green_heritage_walk . WWII walks for Enfield and Edmonton will be available soon.

Also on the Enfield at War website are articles from local newspapers published during the First World War: http://www.enfield.gov.uk/info/200046/libraries/3165/historic_newspaper_reports_from_world_war_one_1914_-_1918 . They are a mixture of the serious and the silly reflecting the attitudes and opinions of people at the time.

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First World War Air Raids

Bomb damage corner of Southbury Road and Hertford Road
Bomb damage corner of Southbury Road and Hertford Road

 

The existence of airships and planes brought the war to the civilian  population in a way not experienced in previous conflicts. The number of street lights was restricted and others partly darkened. The first bombs dropped in the area fell on the night of 2/3rd September 1916. At about 1.30 am airship SL11 dropped bombs on the Stud Farm at Clay Hill killing three horses. Bombs were dropped at Worlds End Lane, Chase Road and other areas of Enfield and Ponders End. The airship was shot down by Lieutenant Leefe Robinson and crashed in Cuffley.  From 1917 the Germans used the long range Gotha bombers for raids on the country.

We only have a couple of photos of bomb damage from the First World War. As well as the one above we have a photo of a nurse pointing to the crater made by a torpedo.

 

Torpedo crater at North Lodge
Torpedo crater at North Lodge

If anyone has any other photos showing the effects of bombing in the First World War we would love to see them.

The Enfield Town First World War Heritage Trail is now available from all Enfield libraries.

Enfield Town First World War Heritage Trail

WW1 walk

   This walk is part of the Enfield at War Project. It is a very easy walk, no hills and takes about 30 minutes. It takes in sites of significance  for Enfield during the First World War.The leaflets are available at the Enfield Local Studies Archive and Library, First Floor, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, EN2 6DS. E-mail: local.history@enfield.gov.uk. Tel 020 8379 2724. We will be sending copies to all Enfield Libraries shortly. Here are some of the photos in the leaflet:

Women postal workers at Enfield Post Office 1915
Women postal workers at Enfield Post Office 1915
Temporary cenotaph outside Barclays Bank 1919
Temporary cenotaph outside Barclays Bank 1919
Elm House, gentleman's Row
Elm House, Gentleman’s Row
Recuperating soldiers in the grounds of Enfield Palace.
Recuperating soldiers in the grounds of Enfield Palace.