Vane search ended

The Weld Chapel, demolished to make way for Christ Church Southgate. Image (c) Enfield Local Studies Archive

The Weld Chapel, demolished to make way for Christ Church Southgate. Image (c) Enfield Local Studies Archive

A little bit of Palmers Green and Southgate’s history has reemerged in Sundridge Hertfordshire.

In our section on this website titled survivals, oddities and curiosities  we told of the story of the weather vane which sat on a garage in the north circular road, on the site of McIntoshes old forge. The weather vane had originally graced the Weld chapel (built 1615) . The chapel was demolished in 1862 to make way for Christ Church, Southgate, and the vane had sat atop one of the Walker family’s barns until it was brought back to the forge in the 1920s.

Stephens Engineering moved to the forge site in 1968 and remained there for forty years before relocating five years ago. There were fears that the vane had been lost.

Not so. Engineer Bill Stephens has now restored and repainted it, and it now sits atop his new premises in Thundridge Business park. Bill welcomes anyone who would like to see it to pop along. More information about the story of the vane here.

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One Response to Vane search ended

  1. Nice story, amazing in fact that it’s lasted all those years in all weathers and being moved about. I assume both place ps should be Thundridge

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