What county is Enfield in? And 5 other north London facts!

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The mighty London borough of Enfield was originally a county of Middlesex but became part of greater London in 1965. What’s the difference between a borough and a county? A borough is a local government subdivision of a larger metropolitan area such as Greater London. This type of borough council is a run by a unitary authority body.  This North West borough’s population was rising faster than the average growth rate for both London (4.5%) and the UK (1.5%). With the average price of a home in Enfield actually 28.4% below the London average & the rental price a whopping 46.2% below the London average we can see why this borough has become so popular.

1. The capital must have run out of street names when it came up with these!

Ha Ha Road in Greenwich, Balls Pond Road in Hackney & Hooker’s Road in Walthamstow must have a story behind them, but they do seem rather peculiar!   There are so many to discover, something that teens & parents alike may enjoy sniggering at if you are doing a visit of the capital!

2. The second oldest pub in the UK is in St Albans

Although St Albans is in the district of Hertfordshire, it’s only a short drive from North London making it a very popular commuter town. The characteristic Ye Olde Fighting Cocks was built in the 11th Century and was originally named The Round House but changed to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks after it’s popular activity of cockfights in the 8ft wide and 10ft long pit. Cockfighting was consequently banned in 1849 changing the pubs’ name again, but officially it’s still known as Ye Olde Fighting Cock since 1872.

3. Enfield has four Blue heritage plaques

These prestigious symbols are a sign that commemorates the link between a location and a memorable historical figure or event. There are over 900 in the capital, three of which have proudly highlighted Enfield’s role played in history. One of the badges commemorates a brave soldier that rescued prisoners from Auschwitz.

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4. The cashpoint turned 50 last year – and it came to life in Enfield!

Barclays branch in Enfield celebrated being the world’s first cash machines that were turned into gold to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The first ATM was opened on the 26th June 1967 in this north London bank branch, and to date there are around 70,000 cash machines in the UK.

5. London was the first city in the world to have more than 1 million inhabitants in 1811

It remained the most populated city until 1957 when it was over taken by Tokyo, Japan. Currently, 8.8million people live in London; 13% of the whole UK’s population. London is now ranked the 28th most populated city in the world, with Tokyo still at number one and cities like New York & Cairo overtaking our capital.

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