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Ark John Keats Academy is located in Brimsdown, which is a neighbourhood of eastern Enfield in the London Borough of Enfield, north London. It is part of the Enfield North constituency, where the current MP is Labour MP Joan Ryan.
David Beckham joined Brimsdown Rovers as a 14-year-old where he played in the youth side.
Brimsdown Junior School was attended by many popular, successful people including actor Ray Winstone.
Between 1977 and 1980 a council house in the Green Street area of Brimsdown was the scene of alleged poltergeist activity. The incidents were the subject of a Sky Living television series The Enfield Haunting which was screened in May, 2015. Released in June 2016 The Conjuring 2 an American film also investigates the incidents.
Brimsdown was recorded as Grymesdoun in 1420, Grymesdoune 1441, Grymes downe, Brymesdowne 1610, Grymsdown, Brimsdown 1686. The first element may be a surname Gryme. The second is the early and Middle English doun or down though unusually low for a down here referring to slightly raised ground in an area no more than 19 metres above sea level and 5 metres above the Lea, more than most of Edmonton to the south. Grīm as with Grim’s Dyke to the west being linked to Woden.
In the 19th century the parish of Enfield had the second largest area north of the Thames in the two closest home counties for smallholdings run by families growing salads for the London market, with to a lesser degree fruit:
In 1867 there were several orchards at Enfield Highway and in 1869 market gardens accounted for much of the Connop estate in the eastern part of the parish. After inclosure the farms near the Lea continued to be split between arable and pasture, although fields formed out of the former common were very large in comparison with those farther west; one of Trinity College’s farms at Brimsdown had fields of 44 a. and 60 acres (0.24 km2) in 1855. Market gardens encroached increasingly on the farm-land between Hertford Road and the Lea during the later 19th century, until by 1900 Enfield was said to be the main parish for market gardening in northern Middlesex and the second in the whole county. Tomatoes and cucumbers were the main crops, although flowers were also grown, and glass-houses covered several hundred acres. By 1920, with the expansion of industry and suburban housing, some of the market gardens around Ponders End and Enfield Highway had disappeared.
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