Monday, 13 February 2012

Turkey Brook - Whitewebbs Lane

Turkey Brook
The Turkey Brook flows eastwards and is joined by a tributary from the north.

Post to the north Theobalds Manor
Post to the west Whitewebbs Park
Post to the south Forty Hall
Post to the east Bulls Cross


Forty Hall Grounds
This, northern area of Forty Hall grounds was part of Elsyng New Park which surrounding Elsyng Manor House and had been enclosed from Enfield Chase as a deer park by the Earl of Rutland, before 1548. It was surrounded by earth banks and fences
Lake south of Turkey Brook. This was formed from ponds which were probably medieval fishponds, associated with the manor house and disused by the 16th.
Rectangular ponds which are assumed to be part of the 18th landscaping
Island –there was an island in the centre of the lake in the 18th. This appears to have been brick-built and could have been the remains of a summer house.
Boat house – this was at the east end of the lake and has been discovered by excavations.
Mound to the west of the lake – maybe made up of spoil and maybe at one time turned into a viewing platform.
Water Gardens. These were adapted from the medieval fish ponds for Nicholas Rainton in the 17th. A series of weirs were installed to create larger areas of water
Lime Avenue. The avenue was probably built as part of the works commissioned by Nicholas Raintain. Most of the present trees are probably replacements.
Weir and bridge abutments on the Turkey Brook. These are the best preserved of what were probably several bridges into the estate over the brook. They are the point where the Lime Avenue crosses it, and these may be the site of a medieval bridge.
Two drainage ditches and conduits north of Turkey Brook which cross the line of the Lime Avenue and must have been part of the original walk
Archery Wood. Said to have been used for archery practice
Loop to the New River from Whitewebbs Pumping Station to Maiden Brook. This ended at the edge of Archery Wood where there was a stopcock in a manhole and where a line of bricks delineated a basin. This was itself connected to a sluice and to the new river and was part of a system which allowed for interchange and flushing when necessary. The Loop was filled in with debris from the Victoria Line tube and Southgate Police Station.
Olloways Meadow – field name north of the Cuffley Brook.
Carrion Pit Bottom. Field name north of the Cuffley Brook. The loop from the Whitewebbs Pumping Station to Maiden Brook ran through here.
Black Bush Bottom. Field name north of the Cuffley Brook. The loop from the Whitewebbs Pumping Station to Maiden Brook ran through here.
Dickinson’s Trough Meadow. Field name north of the Cuffley Brook.
Camp Field. Field name north of the Cuffley Brook.

Whitewebbs Park 

New River – the old course of the New River runs south eastwards in the park. There is sometimes water in some parts of it, especially in wet weather.
Whitewebbs Park Golf Course. This is a public golf course owned and run by the local authority
Whitewebbs Hamlet. This lay deep in the woods on the track way running south of the pub. In the wood ditches can be seen and there is a a pond and rhe remains of an orchard.


Whitewebbs Lane
This used to be called Hare Lane because of the connection with the Gunpowder Plot with Whitewebbs House. In the early 18th there was a gate in the lane at the pub, and the lane itself turned south to get westward.
Roam Cottage – part of a medieval settlement once called Romey Street
King and Tinker Inn. Supposed to have been a pub here for 1000 years.  Built could be 16th or 17 but there were 18th alterations. The entrance seemed to have a medieval manor house door and a bar with an oversized stone fireplace and heavy oak beams. Its name comes from a ballad about King James I meeting a tinker whilst hunting and goimg to the pub. When the courtiers find the King, the tinker discovers who his new friend is and James I knighted him.  At one time this was called The Bull. It does not face onto Whitewebbs Lane, indicating that the road once turned a south here
Guy Lodge Farm. This is said to be the site of the original Whitewebbs House and named after the association with Guy Fawkes.

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