This article by Stephen Gilburt was published by the Enfield Society in newsletters 218 (Summer 2020) and 219 (Autumn 2020).
The Fox was originally a cottage at the end of Fox Lane in the former hamlet of Palmers Green. It was named after the Fox family who were farmers living in the area in the 14th century. It is first mentioned in a will of 1683 and the first landlord is recorded in 1716.
Between 1861 and 1967 the licensees were members of the Davey family. Robert Davey, who was the licensee from 1861, started a two-horse omnibus service from the Fox and on Sundays used a horse-drawn wagonette to provide a home delivery service of ale. His wife Belinda was the licensee from 1870. Their son Arthur, born at the Fox in 1867, was the licensee from 1891 and for 18 years from 1901 was an elected member of Southgate Urban District Council. After 1914 Arthur Davey and his son-in-law Leo Whalen were joint licensees until Arthur’s death in 1932.
For more information see: A–Z of Enfield Pubs Part Two by Gary Boudier 2002 and Once upon a time in Palmers Green by Alan Dumayne 1988. These may be consulted at Enfield Local Studies Library and Archives, which also supplied these photographs taken in 1899. They provide a valuable record of the appearance of a late Victorian public house, before it was rebuilt in 1904.