Edmonton, no not the city in Canada, but the area east of Enfield I decided to have a look into the history. Did you know that the Romantic poet John Keats studied as an apprentice at a Doctors surgery (then an apothecary). In 1931 this building was replaced with Keats Parade where one of the shops now holds a plaque in commemoration.

Originally a division of Middlesex during Saxon times, Edmontons’ population soon grew to around 446, 000 by 1911. As a result of this, Middlesex was divided into smaller government areas, with Edmonton achieving the status of being part of the London Borough of Enfield by 1961.  With their new status (at the time) let us not forget the number of famous buildings that we know of today and possibly take for granted. There is the Millfield Theatre, formerly known as Millfield House, which served as a school, hospital and refugee centre up until the early 70s. A few others are North Middlesex Hospital and the All Saints church on Church Street, thought to be the oldest building in Edmonton with much of its original 15th Century structure still standing.

One of the more obvious pros to the area is having excellent travel links; Edmonton Green station goes straight to Liverpool Street via Seven Sisters in about 20 (ish) minutes. Whilst going to Enfield Town and Cheshunt if heading the other way, (again in a matter of minutes).  Bus routes run straight from Town to Edmonton with the simple 191 and 192 routes.

With frequent travel running to and from Edmonton Green, there is no excuse not to visit some of the shops there. There are over 120 high street shops, as well as independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. For more information on what shops there are and where they are situated, check out their website. http://www.edmontongreencentre.co.uk/shopping

With excellent transport links, schools, famous buildings and places to shop and eat, maybe it’s about time we all give Edmonton a second chance and not just see it as that place we pass on the way to work but instead as a place with a buzzing shopping centre and atmosphere. 


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