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Origins and popular attractionsEdit

The name was recorded as far back as 1524, and is thought to be either the name of a family, or that of a house which stood on Enfield Chase. One suggestion is that it was 'the residence of the cock forester (or chief forester)'.[2][3]

Of note in Cockfosters is Trent Park, now a country park. Christ Church, Cockfosters, an Anglican evangelical church, was founded in 1839.[4] The Piccadilly line of the London Underground reached Cockfosters in 1933. The Cock Inn (formerly the Cock), off Cockfosters Road on Chalk Lane, opened in 1798.

GeographyEdit

EducationEdit

Southgate School is located on Sussex Way.

Trent C of E Primary School is located on Chalk Lane.

Theatre and the artsEdit

The Chickenshed Theatre Company, aka Chickenshed, is located in Cockfosters. It was founded in 1975 in a chicken shed and has since moved to its current site. It now produces many shows. It is an inclusive theatre company and started the concept of "inclusive theatre", which means anyone, regardless of background, race, gender, age or disability, is allowed to both watch and perform in theatre.

Sport and leisureEdit

 
Entrance to Trent Country Park from Cockfosters Road.

Cockfosters has a non-League football club, Cockfosters F.C., which plays at the Cockfosters Sports Ground.

Saracens used to play at Chase Side (also known as Clocktower Park); however, they are now based in Hendon. The ground is still used for Enfield F.C. training and for the Saracens' 'B' team, Saracens Storm. It is also used as Saracens Amateurs' training ground. Cockfosters Cricket Club and Southgate Compton Cricket Club play at Chalk Lane on fields adjacent to Christ Church, either side of Cockfosters Bowling Club.

Trent Country Park covers approximately 320 hectares (791 acres; 1.2 sq mi). An attraction within Trent Park's grounds, installed in 2012, is the treetop adventure park Go Ape.

DemographicsEdit

Cockfosters has its own electoral ward in the Enfield borough. The 2011 census of Cockfosters ward counted a population of 16,137. The ethnic makeup was 73.7% White (51.7% British, 19.7% Other, 2.2% Irish), 13.5% Asian (largest being Indian, 6.5%), and 8% Black (largest being African, 2.9%). The most spoken foreign languages were Turkish and Greek. 50% of the population were Christian, with Muslims and Jews forming 10% and 9% respectively. Of the 5,215 households, most (3,219) were a whole house or bungalow. 68.8% of home tenures were owned, with minorities of privately rented and socially rented homes. 4.2% of economically active people were unemployed. The median age was 40.[5] The part within the borough of Barnet is covered by the East Barnet ward.

CultureEdit

 
Cockfosters tube station.

Cockfosters is the name of a 2015 short-story collection by Helen Simpson. One of the short stories features a visit to "lost property" at Cockfosters Underground station.[6] The poet John Betjeman, who taught at Heddon Court School in 1929-30, wrote "The Cricket Master" about his experiences there.

PeopleEdit

The MP for Enfield Southgate from 2005 to 2017, David Burrowes, was born in Cockfosters. George Baillie Duncan ministered at Christ Church, Cockfosters, and the cricketer Andrew Wingfield Digby was a curate there. Cameron McVey grew up in Cockfosters. Other transient residents have included the footballers Tommy Docherty and George Eastham, and Dave Davies of the Kinks. Professors John Stollery and Ian Jacobs also grew up in Cockfosters.

TransportEdit

Two tube stations are located within Cockfosters:

London Buses routes 298, 299, 307, 384, 692, 699, N91 serve Cockfosters.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Enfield Ward population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  2. ^ Harris, Cyril M. (1977). What's in a name?. London: Capital Transport. ISBN 1-85414-241-0.
  3. ^ Christ Church Cockfosters: 125 years. Franey & Co., London, c. 1964. p. 5.
  4. ^ "Christ Church Cockfosters". Christ Church Cockfosters. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
  5. ^ http://www.ukcensusdata.com/cockfosters-e05000196
  6. ^ Simpson, Helen (5 November 2015). Cockfosters. S.l.: Jonathan Cape. ISBN 9781910702208.

External linksEdit

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