A history of Enfield (v. 2) by D.O. Pam ISBN: 9780907318101


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About the book >.>.> Historians sometimes create dividing lines in history in an arbitrary manner. The year 1837 however seems almost to have been pre-selected for this history forit marks the moment of transition in Enfield from village to suburb. The year 1837 moreover is habitually used by national historians to begin a new chapter or a new book for the remainder of the century carries the convenient and widely recognised label ‘Victorian’. The year 1837 also saw the commencement of a series of changes which culminated in the supersession in Enfield of parish government by a variety of ad hoc bodies each covering a different area both of concern and territory. In that year the Edmonton Union took over from the parish its main function the care of the poor. Another important change had begun in 1833 when Parliament first authorised grants in aid of elementary education; within a few years National and British schools had opened in the parish. A new transfer of power came in 1840 when the Metropolitan Police extended its jurisdiction into Enfield. Perhaps the most radical change came in 1850 with the establishment of a local board of health created to stem the rising tides of pollution and infection. The decade 1830 to 1840 had also seen the beginnings of a democratisation which was to result a hundred years later in one man (even one woman) one vote; it was a change which affected local government no less than parliamen- tary government. This same decade also marked the beginning of an era in which man found himself able to travel and move his merchandise at speeds faster than the galloping of a horse. Industry in Enfield began well before 1837 but its expansion occurred after the mid-century when mass production methods were introduced at the Royal Small Arms Factory. Other factories were built from 1860 onwards and the number increased more rapidly with each decade until upon the outbreak of the First World War eastern Enfield had become so highly industrialised that it could be transformed within a year by government finance into an important centre for war production. The first of the many housing estates which were ultimately to cover so much of Enfield was set out in the 1850s. The growth of these estates was undertaken in intermittent bursts of frantic building followed by periods of complete stoppage. Since volume two must end somewhere there is a strong case for choosing the year 1914 for the First World War engendered many changes and the way of life in the years which followed was seen even by those who lived through them to have become radically different from the lives of their families before the war.

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