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South Tottenham, N15

Markfield Park
Crowland Road
South Tottenham
London N15 4RB

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About Markfield Park

Markfield Park is situated in the Seven Sisters ward of Haringey. The site is owned and managed by Haringey Council. It is categorised in the Borough's Unitary Development Plan (UDP) as a Site of Borough Importance Grade II and it also forms part of the Lee Valley Regional Park and is therefore Green Belt land. Markfield Park was officially opened as Markfield Recreation Ground King George's Field by the Mayor of Tottenham in 1938.

The park has 5 entrances and is 7.6 hectares in size. There are various different areas and facilities within the park, these include:

The Markfield Project are a community centre based in the park which promotes rights, independence, choice and inclusion for disabled people and their families.

A number of water courses flow through, or are situated on the edge of the park before discharging into the River Lee and the park is designated as a flood plain in the Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

Based on 2001 Census figures, the population for Haringey as a whole is 216,507.The most recent figure from the 2006 mid year estimates for the borough's population is 225,700. We are not able to make an exact calculation for the catchments of the park, however we have estimated that the local catchment (people living within 400m) is approximately 5469. The district catchment (people living within one kilometre) is approximately 20,043.

Historical value

The Beam Engine

Markfield Park has special historical significance in the borough as the Tottenham and Wood Green Joint Drainage Board established a sewage works here in circa 1885. The concrete walls of filter beds survive along with a plain, stock brick engine house. Inside is a Woolf compound rotative beam pumping engine by Wood Brothers of Sowerby Bridge, 1886, with high-pressure cylinder 21 inch diameter by 52 inch stroke and low-pressure cylinder 36 inch diameter by 72 inch stroke. It is self contained with decorated entablature supported by eight fluted cast-iron columns. The beam, 21 feet long, is fabricated from riveted wrought iron-plates and the flywheel is 27 feet in diameter. The engine stopped being productive in 1964, and it has been preserved by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Industrial Archaeology Group. The Museum exhibits are owned by Haringey Council and the Markfield Beam Engine and Museum Trustees currently have a rolling licence to occupy the building, which they open monthly to the visiting public.

The Beam Engine building

As Markfield started life as a sewage pumping site, it has a water based history that has continued until the present day. The park is situated on a flood plain and there are two major watercourses that flow through the park, the culverted Stonebridge Brook and the open channel of the Old Moselle Brook. Both discharge into the River Lee that forms the eastern boundary of the park. The Old Moselle Brook flows adjacent to the railway line which forms the northern boundary of the park and because of safety fencing, cannot be easily accessed from the park.

Markfield Park is located within an Area of Archaeological Importance (AAI) as it is located within the Lee Valley Regional Park. The Lee Valley is one of the greatest potential archaeological areas in the borough, as the alluvial floodplains and resources have been exploited since the earliest times. Remains from the pre-historic periods, including wooden structures and a dug out canoe have been recovered, as has evidence for early occupation areas. The Lee was used as a navigation route in the Roman period, and remains from this date are common. By the medieval period much of the river was in use, with farmsteads located on its banks. A quay was established at Tottenham Hale, and watermills are known from the Ferry Lane area. The waterlogged conditions of ground adjacent to the Lee can lead to excellent survival of organic andenvironmental remains, and such deposits are very important to our understanding of past environments and land conditions. The site is also designated as a Site of Industrial Heritage Interest because of the former sewage works.

Regeneration works to Markfield Park

In the autumn of 2005, consultation took place with the main stakeholders of the park in order for Recreation Services to make a Growth Area Fund bid and the park was awarded £1 million in February 2006. From April 2006 onwards, a team of consultants were appointed by Haringey Council to produce plans that would bring about the regeneration of Markfield Park. The full funding package secured was:

The works took place in 2 stages.

Stage 1 Started in 2006-2007 - New café construction, full regeneration of the playground and drainage improvement works to the Old Moselle Brook.

Stages 2 and 3 started in September 2008 - Extensive park landscaping and building improvement works to the pavilion, Markfield Beam Engine and Museum and Markfield Project.

About the Friends of Markfield Park

The Beam Engine Museum and Café with living roof today We are a group of local people working to improve and protect Markfield Park.

The group has not been in existence long but has already helped win funding for the major programme of improvements that is currently under way in the park. Our input has helped to make the plans better suited to the needs of local residents and other park users, and we intend to play an active role in turning those plans into reality over the next few months and years. Our aim is to turn Markfield Park into the best small park in Haringey, a place that attracts not just local people but also those from surrounding areas.

We are a small independent group; membership is free and open to all. Most of our members are local residents but there are a few others who work in or near to the park. We work closely with Haringey Council, the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers, the Markfield Project, the Markfield Beam Engine Museum, Gladesmore Community School and other community groups.

Meetings take place at the Café. The dates of meetings can be found on the Diary page.

We need more people to get involved in looking after the park. Come along to find out more and play your part in improving the park and supporting the community that uses it.