Sunday, 4 March 2012

Salmon's Brook - Ferny Hill

Salmon’s Brook
The Brook rises in this area and flows south and east. It is met by a tributary from the west.

Post to the west West Lodge
Post to the east Hadley Road

Ash Wood
Duncan’s Wood

Trent Park
Obelisk. Brought by Philip Sassoon from Wrest Park, Bedfordshire in 1933. It is said he acquired it to impress the Duke and Duchess of Kent who were honeymooning at the estate. Trees were cut down on a line through the forest so the monument could be seen from Trent Park House. It is early 18th, creating a point de vue near Ferny Hill. It was originally erected in memory of the Earl of Harold, son of the-Duke of Kent, who died in infancy in 1702 although this date is disputed. The inscription says "To the memory of the birth of George Grey, Earl of Harold, son of Henry and Sophia, Duke and Duchess of Kent." The bench in front is a memorial Brenda Pratt and Norma Adams. It has been used as a location for Dr. Who.

Ferny Hill
Ferny Hill Farm.  This is built on part of Enfield Chase and is associated with the Trent Park Estate established in the mid-18th on an enclosed part of the Chase. It may have been established in the 19th as an ornamental attraction at Trent Park. Farmhouse in brick painted and partially rendered. It shares a wall with the timber framed barn. Inside are back to back fireplaces and windows with shutters. At the back is a stable block converted to a kitchen. Barn, this is timber framed with carpenters’ marks and weather boarded on a brick plinth. It appears to be 17th and it is thought it was moved here from elsewhere. The farm’s owners describe it as ‘Elizabethan’. Maize maze – the farm owners cut corn into shapes which become a gigantic board game.

Moat Wood
Camlet Moat. Earthwork. A smelly overgrown moated site with traces of buildings which are the the remains of the Forester's Lodge demolished in 1439 and used to build Hertford Castle.  Timbers from a bridge have been dated to approximately 1357. It has also been claimed as the site of the original manor house of Enfield, or the manor house of the Mandevilles, Earls of Essex – and the ghost of Geoffrey de Mandeville it said to haunt it and his treasure is in a well.  It has also been claimed to have an association with King Arthur's Camelot   - it is haunted by a white lady who is keeping the Grail down a well. The name actually pre-dates Malorys Arthur stories.  Latterly it is said to have been a haunt of Dick Turpin. It was mentioned by Sir Walter Scott in 'Fortunes of Nigel'.

Roundhedge Hill

Sources
David Pam. Enfield Chase
Dr.Who Locations. Trent Park Obelisk web site
British Listed Buildings web site
Trent Park web site
Ferny Hill Farm web site
English Heritage Camlet Moat web site
Londonist. Top 10 Moats web site
Haunted London web site

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