Conservation Areas

There are 22 designated Conservation Areas within the London Borough of Enfield, several of which are located in or adjacent to Palmers Green - in particular, the Lakes Estate Conservation Area, located on both sides of Alderman's Hill

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The London Historic Buildings Trust is seeking ideas from the community about future uses of two important 18th century buildings in Edmonton - the former Girls' Charity School the adjacent cottage, located in Church Street, just to the west of Edmonton Green station. The site includes a school hall with a second classroom, a cottage which was originally for the headmistress, and a large secluded garden to the rear.

photo of charity school edmonton

The former Girls’ Charity School and the adjacent cottage at No 24 Church Street in Edmonton are both Grade II listed and located within the Church Street Conservation Area. Both properties and the conservation area are on the Heritage at Risk Register.

The Charity School was built in 1784 and for many years provided education for local girls, while the adjacent cottage offered accommodation for the school-mistress. In recent decades the school building has been used for various community activities, however for the last ten years, its poor condition has prevented public access and regular use.

To protect the vacant buildings from vandalism, Live-in Guardians will be moving in soon. They will be undertaking emergency repair works, and have generously offered a donation in-kind of £12,000.

The Trust has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund to commission and oversee the delivery of an Options Appraisal, through which a solution for the buildings will be identified. (As an Options Appraisal Enhancement, the study builds on work carried out in 2012).

Our aim is to find an end use for the buildings that once again allows them to benefit the local community. To achieve this we’re working closely with Enfield Council, the Enfield Society, the Diocese of London, Learning for Life Charity, and West Lea School.

Our project team are currently seeking ideas and input as they develop options for the future uses of these buildings. If you’d like to get involved, please download the consultation flyer.


Information on the London Historic Buildings Trust website

Virtual tour of the school and cottage

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