Oakleigh Road South, N11

Place Name

The name Oakleigh came into use with the residential development at the end of the 19thCentury, probably in reference to the nearby Oak Hill Park, not far away in East Barnet. In its 1912 review of the List of Streets and Places within the Administrative County of London, the¬†Times Literary Supplement explained: “The aspect of the country landscapes absorbed in London can also be traced in the surviving names of trees. Just as we should expect from the present landscape of the London fringe the commonest trees were evidently the elm and the willow. Such names as Elm-grove and Elm-street and Elms-road occur very frequently and Willow-streets and Willow-walks and Willow Cottages are almost as abundant. The oak occurs much less often because it is the typical tree of the stiff clay soils which were generally avoided by early settlers owing to the irregularity of the water supply. The clay tracts on the west side of London have only been opened up for building purposes in very recent times.”


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