Goffs Lane Residences

Triangle Cottage

By Iain Bickerton

Goffs Lane, early 1900's
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A residence on Goffs Lane, date unknown.
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An extended Victorian cottage, at the entrance to Halsted Hill. Goffs Lane, May 2000
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An 18th Century Cottage, the brick extensions date from the 1960s. Photo 2000
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Victorian Cottages, 2000
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West side of Goffs Lane, a couple of shops are visible on the left. Brynfields Nursery is behind the trees on the right. 2000
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Goffs Lane, 1928. The Old Wheelwrights Arms can be seen on the left.
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Goffs Lane, 2000. The entrance to the Wheelwrights pub is just visible in the centre.
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Goffs Lane, 1959
The cars stand on the original Goffs Lane, before it was straightened and widened. The 'Old Barn' bed and breakfast hotel, built in the early 1930s, is located behind the cars. The footpath on the right was put down in 2000. Photo September 2000
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A residence known as Lafiya, 1936
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Nockhold Gardens, 1936
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Nockhold gardens, 2000
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Triangle Cottage, c1965
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Triangle Cottage, much extended. 2000
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Goffs Lane runs from Goffs Oak’s village centre from the west, to Cheshunt on the east. Goffs Lane was straightened and widened in the early 1960s.

Goffs Oak House and The Wheelwrights pub can both be found along Goffs Lane. To the east of The Wheelwrights you can find a row of speculative, 1930s houses formerly known as Nockhold Gardens, after a Nockhold Hall, which once stood at the east end.

Among the many varied residences you can find along Goffs Lane is one known as Triangle Cottage. Build in 1780 on what was once manorial waste, the cottage sits at the entrances to Burton Lane, on a triangle of land. Burton Lane has two south entrances, which both emerge onto Goffs Lane on either side of the cottage, and meet up behind it.


This page was added on 26/07/2013.

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  • Does anyone know anything about the second house at the top of the page?

    By Henry (19/02/2023)
  • The Old Barn, Goffs Lane

    The 1953 electoral register lists the Old Barn, later numbered 424 Goffs Lane, as occupied by Hoskin G. Morgan and the adjoining property is South Point, which was later given the street number 450. The 1961 electoral register lists a property 440 Goffs Lane between The Old Barn and South Point. 440 is occupied by William J. and John M. Coxhead. Could Coxhead have bought The Old Barn and then built a new bungalow on part of the property and moved into that and then sold The Old Barn?

    By Mick Coe (10/10/2022)
  • Does anybody remember the the Finegans or Thompson’s of Francesca , Burton lane ..
    The house stood opposite the pub garden of the Prince of wales

    By Karen Thompson (18/07/2022)
  • My grandparents, William (Bill) and Ethel Fletcher lived in Colesgrove Farm for many years, as did my Dad until he married. My Nan finally moved to Theobalds Road in Cuffley in around 1980 when my Grandad passed away a couple of years before. I have so many happy memories of playing there in the gardens, bonfire nights, Christmases and birthdays, etc.

    By Mathew Fletchet (23/06/2022)
  • Hi
    Just tracing things to do with my dad . Whom it seems you are his cousin ,Micheal Hanson . My dads mum , Violet Hanson was your Dad , Charlie’s , sister and my dad thinks he knows your sister Anne .
    I have been trying to find out about the Hanson Haulage from Smithys garage .

    By Julie kilby (03/06/2020)
  • Hi, I was wondering if anybody can tell me the history behind the road ‘Claremont’? I believe the houses were built in the 1970’s but am keen to find out what resides on the land prior to this…

    There are a few little remains of ‘buildings’ scattered around the Claremont Open Space and it would be really interesting to find out what they were?

    Many thanks!

    By Sarah (16/04/2019)
  • I remember going to Geoffrey Morgan’s birthday party at either The Old Barn or Colesgrove Farm. I had met him at Guildhouse School in Cuffley so it must have been his 5th or 6th birthday. That makes it either 1950 or 1951. Lost contact as I think he changed school.

    By Moira Hargreaves (18/02/2019)
  • I am looking for photos or any knowledge of the Adams family who lived at Lilac Cottage, Goffs Oak. Elsie had rheumatic fever as a child and had been going to be a teacher but was too frail, Frances left home but returned to look after the parents then left again and returned when her Husband died. Uncle Bert worked for Carters? seed company and their Brother did well emigrating to Australia.

    By Heather Wilson (16/10/2018)
  • My Grandfather owned the Smithy Garage Goffs Oak from 1919 until he passed away in 1967. My wife and I lived with Grandfather and my Grandmother for a short while after we were married in 1962.My Dad worked with my Grandfather from around 1930 until he died. My parents then moved to Suffolk, and eventully to Cornwall. One of my sisters still live in Goff’s Oak.

    By Michael E Hansen (05/04/2018)
  • I am keen to find a picture of Geoffs Oak Villa where my great Aunt Anne and Richard Cook Nockold lived at least from 1901 to 1915. Please email me in New Zealand if you can help. That would be much appreciated.

    By Paul Castelow (18/03/2018)
  • Your correspondants Richard Hall and Lynda Taylor asked about my grandfparents’ names. My father’s parents Mr & Mrs Evan Morgan lived at Colesgrove Farm and my mother’s, Mr & Mrs H,E. Parry-Jones at Colesgrove Manor. My timing is not good but I reckon this would have been late 40’s through to late 50’s. Mr & Mrs Evan Morgan bought Colesgrove Farm from a family called Swaffield while Mr & Mrs Parry-jones sold Colesgrove Manor to a family called Ferguson-Hannay.

    By Geoffrey Morgan (08/04/2017)
  • I was so interested to read the comment by Geoffrey Morgan who lived at the Old Barn as a child. He mentioned that one set of grandparents lived at Colesgrove Manor and the others at Colesgrove Farm. We have lived at Colesgrove Farm since 1980 and I would love to hear more of its history if known or even just how it looked when his grandparents lived there. We understand that it may have been called Sweetes Farm originally and originated from the late 16th century although other information says it is probably 17th century and was a charcoal farm. Any information or photographs anybody has would be greatly appreciated.

    By Lynda Taylor (17/10/2016)
  • Lived in Goffs Lane in 1950s opposite old wheelwrights

    The Old Barn was own by Coxhead family market gardeners with nursery in Goffs Oak and Nazeing. Had son John Coxhead who in late 1950s drove a 2 tone Nash Metropoliton convertible and attracted all the ladies as cars were few and far between for most young people

    By B Jones (28/02/2016)
  • Could you tell me the names of the grandparents that lived at Colesgrove Manor as I am the current owner and have deeds going back to approx 1850’s.

    By Richard Hall (28/04/2015)
  • I’ve lived in Triangle Cottage since 2003. Would love to have photos or information about the house. I am considering setting up a website to share the old deeds, photos etc that I have acquired to date.

    By Kevin O'Leary (12/01/2014)
  • Daphne, I’m pretty sure that when we moved from The Old Barn to Wells Farm, Cuffley (late 1950s) my parents sold the house to a Mr and Mrs Coxhead.

    By Geoffrey Morgan (22/12/2013)
  • Hi I used to visit Nazeing in the late 50s; and aunt and uncle who seemed to have a link with chalkfiekd nuseries,but also possibly with The old Barn at Goffs Lane,as the same name is in the telephone records for that period.Would be nice to know if I am on the right track. The name I have at present is William Coxhead. Does it ring any bells? Daphne

    By Daphne Preston (20/11/2013)
  • We lived (my parents Mr & Mrs Gower Morgan) at The Old Barn from 1944 to about 1960. The family market gardening business built the greenhouses behind the house; another part of the greenhouse business suvives as a garden centre near Goffs Oak. Gordon Selfridge, eldest son of ‘Mr Selfridge’, had created The Old Barn but went bankrupt in the process! Idylic up-bringing; one set of grandparents lived nextdoor at Colesgrove Farm and the others at Colesgrove Manor across the road.

    By geoffrey Morgan (26/08/2013)