Crouch Lane

Goffs Oak

By Iain Bickerton

A cottage at the lower end of Crouch Lane, 2000. This building was demolished soon after.
Iain Bickerton
Crouch Lane, date unknown. The building on the far left is part of Newgatestreet Road. This view of Crouch Lane is now no longer possible, as trees have since grown to block the view.
Iain Bickerton

Crouch Lane can be found connecting Goffs Oak’s Newgatestreet Road, to the nearby community of Hammondstreet.

A few small farms are located along Crouch Lane.

This page was added on 19/07/2013.

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  • I am researching my family tree and I have found my 3x Great grandfather James Hayden and his wife Mary Ann nee Ballard living at 115 Lucas End Goffs Oak in the 1851 census. Has anybody any idea where Lucas End is.

    By Keith Hayden (16/02/2021)
  • Hi, I remember Mrs Burgess very well. She was affectionately known as “The Log Lady” and popped around our house (79 Newgate Street Road) most Saturdys, sometimes having a cup of tea. My dad was a tree surgeon and I remember him going to fix a hole in the wall of the old cottage. He said rats were getting in and walking around the bedroom at night. In fact, he used to do little odd jobs for her. He often took me to her cottage in his Land Rover when I was a child, but I always had to wait in the vehicle. Mrs Burgess came on a village coach trip once. I was born 1966 and Mrs Burgess visited us as far back as my memory goes, until the late 1980’s. I recall her being ‘down to earth’ and very dry with a weathered face and very blue eyes. My dad’s still alive at 92, and my mum is also, but now live in Clacton. I think my parents mentioned she had a son. But none of us ever saw him. And yes, Mrs Burgess was extremely fit, always walking briskly with her wood filled pram. On Saturdays she would walk all the way to Cuffley and back for freshly baked bread. If you would like any more information my dad may be able to give more as he loves talking about the old days in Goffs Oak.
    Regards Dawn

    By Dawn North-Cornell (29/06/2020)
  • Good Afternoon All
    I am a descendant of the Burgesses from Goff’s Oak/ Cheshunt and I myself have moved back into the area after being born in Enfield.
    Everybody mentions a Mrs Burgess here. Does anybody have any further details about her? I’d love to add these stories to my family history.
    Thank you

    By Hollie Brock (27/03/2020)
  • My mother gave her pram to Mrs Burgess. We used to live further up thr lane at Lucas Bungalow nearer the village.

    By Jane Martin (05/11/2018)
  • hi Kate.. i saw mrs burgess didnt know her name but always her saw her around the village selling kindling using a baby pram, | often wondered about her house as i had seen her going in, when i worked for the milkman we would drop milk off their and the house being run down and out in the woods was a bit creepy! did she own the house or rent it do you know?

    Jason

    By jason (04/08/2018)
  • Crouch lane remains a rural lane. There is a push to improve the road to take fast vehicles and use as a cut through. However, there is still a multitude of animals using this road and is a quiet lovely lane. Needs to be protected.

    By Mary (03/05/2018)
  • Thanks for your comments, Kate. I deleted the original comment, where you said the 1980s, as your correction replaces it.

    By Nicholas Blatchley (21/02/2018)
  • I changed the year from 1980’s to 1990’s (visited the cottage in 1997 not long after Mrs Burgess moved out. My mum recounted the memories of her and knew she had moved) Thanks.

    By Kate Swanton (18/02/2018)
  • Hi Mary and Nicholas, Pleased to come across this – the cottage at the top was lived in by Mrs. Burgess until the late 1990’s, She was very elderly and as the cottage had no running water (she used to collect it from a stream at the back of her property) and no electricity, she was happy to move to modern accommodation. Its such a shame that the cottage was demolished but it was in awful condition. I believe even well known local historian Jack Edwards thought it beyond help.
    Mrs Burgess was well known in the district and used to cut kindling and sell it – pushing it for miles in a large old-fashioned pram.

    By Kate Swanton (18/02/2018)
  • Hi, Mary. It certainly used to be beautiful. It was one of the areas I used to take our dog for long walks. Unfortunately, much of that area is built up now (in spite of being green belt) but I think a good deal of Crouch Lane has survived the onslaught.

    By Nicholas Blatchley (07/02/2018)
  • Lovely rural lane with public access to public footpaths across chestnut common with beutifal fauna and flora. Fantastic walk and so peaceful.

    By Mary (01/02/2018)