The Laing Estate
Bramley Road, Enfield, West, N.14 ...
3 minutes walk Enfield West tube station
Brochure for new houses in Oakwood, 1937
manufactured by John Laing & Son Limited - London; H. L. G. Cosway - Firm, 1937
Illustrated catalogue relased by John Laing & Son Ltd from 1937 featuring new types of semi-detached and detached houses available on Laings Enfield West estate. Each type of house is described and prices are given. It includes the Laings 1936 Olympia House and background information about Enfield. The Laing "de luxe" kitchen is also described with photographs.
The catalogue mentions the estate is '3 minutes walk Enfield West tube.' The tube had reached Enfield West (later renamed 'Oakwood') in 1933, as part of the Piccadilly Line extension programme. The architect Charles Holden designed a solid and dependably English modernist station for the area. However, the booklet doesn't show the station on its cover. This omission illustrates the conundrum facing developers along these tube extensions into London's suburbs - how to advertise the convenience of the location for travel and links to the city, yet still suggest wide open spaces and the advantages of country life?