Given the claim that infamous highwayman Dick Turpin has on Enfield, namely that his grandfather Mr Nott used to own a local pub, you may think that it was named after him. In fact it comes from another, Harold John Turpin (1893 – 1967), the T in the acronym STEN which gave the submachine its name. This street was built on the former site where Mr Turpin was Senior Draughtsman of the Design Department of the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF). He along with Major Reginald V Shepherd, the Inspector of Armaments in the Ministry of Supply Design Department at The Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, are credited with being the main designers of the weapon that was used during the Second World War, the Korean War and numerous other conflicts around the globe. Despite its flaws the gun became incredibly popular and more than 4m were made.
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