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A history of Enfield

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A history of Enfield / David Pam. Vol. 1: A parish near London. [Enfield before 1837]. - Enfield : EPS, 1990. - 382p. ; 24cm. - ISBN 0 907318 09 6 : £16.95

The author has sought to uncover, through twenty-five years' research, the story of the parish of Enfield, approaching as near to its origins as sources will allow. The work has required the use of thousands of documents, many of which had probably net been read since the day there were used, two, three, four, five or more centuries ago, perhaps by an attorney in a court of law, perhaps by a churchwarden to make up his accounts, perhaps by the beadle before packing some aged widow off to a far distant workhouse.

Each document has contributed its fragment to a mosaic wherein is shown how generations of ordinary men and women have eared a living and sought for pleasure, what they thought about religion and politics, how they fed themselves and bought their shopping, how they cared for the sick and the poor, and all this was done within the boundaries of the parish of Enfield. - Dust jacket

Cover picture: Enfield Market Place, 1827

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A history of Enfield / David Pam. Vol. 2: A Victorian suburb. [1837-1914]. - Enfield : EPS, 1992. - 304p. ; 24cm. - ISBN 0 907318 10 X : £17.95

The prosperous ratepayers of Enfield, in 1837, were overburdened with many poor. They lived in dilapidated cottages crowded together in squalid yards and courts off Baker Street and the Hertford Road. Their sewage was carried away in foul open ditches, their cesspools polluted the wells. ... The Board of Guardians aimed to discourage the poor from claiming relief. The Board of Health aimed to provide clean water, particularly to middle-class homes, and to take away the sewage, especialy where it looked likely to spread contagion among the ratepaying classes.

A factory for the production of black crape was set up at Ponders End early in the century. A few years later the government established a manufactory for small arms at Enfield Lock. ... Working people had more leisure, and earned more money. Enfield slowly became cleaner and more civilised. - Dust jacket

Cover picture: Enfield Town about 1905

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A history of Enfield / David Pam. Vol. 3: A desirable neighbourhood. [1914-1939]. - Enfield : EPS, 1992. - 368p. ; 24cm. - ISBN 0 907318 12 6 : £18.50

Crowds in the Town waved Union Jacks and cheered as our lads marched up Windmill Hill to board trains which were to take them to a war which few of them would survive. ... The post-war years saw endemic unemployment made worse by the rapid closure of the war industries. But the shoots of a more prosperous future were already emerging in the growth of the new electrical industries like Ediswans, Cosmos, Bellings and Enfield Cable. There was a chronic shortage of houses. ... Yet for most people in Enfield, life steadily improved.

In the years before the Second World War much of Enfield was rapidly covered by new estates of houses for sale, the uncontrolled spread of which was limited at last by the creation of a Green Belt. ... The cinema and wireless provided entertainment. men drank less and had smaller families, and some working-class parents were able to send their children to grammar school. - Dust jacket

Cover picture: Tram Terminus, Enfield Town

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