Genealogy Notes for the Borough of Enfield, Greater London (formerly Middlesex)
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

Located on the NE Outskirts of London, about 3 km north of Edmonton, Middx, 2 km NE of Southgate and 5 km SW of Waltham Abbey. Just to the N of the old center lies Clay Hill. To the east lay the Lea Valley with the Royal Gunpowder Mills at Waltham Abbey. The river was at one time navigable as far as Ware, Harts

Buildings and locations


In the 16th C this stately home on Forty Hill  was the residence of  Sir Thomas LOVELL, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The possibility of a link with the Lovell family at Minster Lovell, Oxon has yet to be investigated.

Forty Hall

Now a museum, Forty Hall was built in 1629 for Sir Nicholas RAINTON, an Alderman of London.

South Lodge

South Lodge was the residence of William PITT the Elder between 1747 and 1755.


A selection of those that had, or might have had, connections with this family. 

The BRETON family

The settlement for the marriage of Elizabeth WOLSTENHOLME and Eliab BRETON included a moiety or half share of land in Enfield, the Manor of Worcesters and Forty Hall. The BRETON and CONNOP families entered into a number of transactions with one another. CONNOP had married the daughter of John WOODHAM of Enfield a wealthy distiller.


Sir Nicholas RAINTON built Forty Hall. There is a possibility that he was related to William RAINTON of Shilton, Oxon

The PITT family

William PITT the Elder owned Southgate Lodge, on the southern border of Enfield Chase. The PITT family are also associated with Swallowfield, Berks and Binfield, Berks. Both of which places are of relevance for the history of the HATTON family of Widford, Oxon and their descendants.

The MILLS family

In 1828 three quarters of an estate in Enfield were transferred to Paitfield MILLS from others of surname MILLS (Rev Thomas MILLS of Bumpstead Helion, Essex, Miss Sarah Pittman MILLS of Hitchin, Herts, John Colhoun MILLS of the Island of Nevis, West Indies. See  Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive, P23/5/7/1/7/30, P23/5/7/1/7/31 and  P23/5/7/1/7/32). He presumably held the fourth portion of this estate. Paitfield was Great Grandson of Sarah ASTON of Burford, Oxon, daughter of Robert ASTON and Sarah (nee SOUDLEY). Mary ASTON, another daughter of Robert and Sarah married first into the TASH family of Burford, Oxon, and then into the JORDAN family of that place. Robert and Sarah's son John ASTON married a relative Sarah ASTON and after his decease she married again to John HOWELL of Newland, Gloucestershire (see below).

The HOWELL family

John HOWELL owned land in the manor of Enfield and in particular in 1758, property in Turkey Street (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Staffordshire Record Office, D4452/5/7/7/2). He also owned land in Pembrokeshire (the family seat was at Eastlake in the parish of Amroth) and property in Coleford, Gloucestershire. Two areas to which the HATTON family of Widford, Oxon, subsequently migrated. His granddaughter Elizabeth Anne PROBYN married Daniel BISSON the younger, of West Ham, malt distiller, who, in 1764 and together with Thomas WOODHAM was entrusted with the sale of land and a messuage in Sheep Street, Burford by HOWELL, ASTON, GALLIARD, PAITFIELD and DARE (Oxford Records Office, P405/D/5). William DARE married Sarah PAITFIELD, the grandaughter of  Robert ASTON of Burford, Inkeeper. Pierce GALLIARD of Bury Hall, Edmonton, Middx married, as one of his three wives, one Mary ASTON, though her parents are unknown.

Related links

A selection of links to other sites with information about this place


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