A circuit around the park - Parkfield
Another lovely park in Potters Bar which is on the other side of the road from the Oakmere. It's an ideal place for a walk around at lunchtime when the weather is fine.
Parkfield is set out more like a nature open space where some of the park is kept as a natural meadow. It has a Japanese garden with some lovely trees, especially the beautiful Japanese Maple. There are plenty of park benches for you to enjoy sandwiches and enjoy the peace. Also look out for the Parkfield statue which is carved from a whole Oak tree trunk. It was carved in the early 1990's by a local artist and depicts all life that depends on a tree to live.
There is a Oakmere & Parkfield Tree Trail in which the council have highlighted 30 trees spread over the two parks of Oakmere and Parkfield. They reckon it will take you about an hour to discover all the trees. There is a downloadable leaflet with more details at Oakmere
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Have lunch with the squirrels in Oakmere Park
This park, with it's two large ponds, is an lovely spot to chill out on a weekday lunchtime . If the sun is out get yourself to the park with your lunch and enjoy a peaceful time on one of the numerous park benches.
As well as plenty of wildfowl, there are squirrels galore. You should also see plenty of ducks, swans & Canadian geese.
There are a couple of play areas for small kids and also an outdoor gym for those more energetic amongst you.
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Wyllyott's Manor:the town's most historic building
Unlike the neighbouring village of South Mimms (which features in the Domesday Book of 1086), Potters Bar is a fairly new town with few old buildings.
Its only real claim to architectural fame is the impossible-to-spell Wyllyott's Manor - a Grade II listed building in a little close adjacent to the ill-fated railway station. It is thought to date back to the turn of the 17th century, with the heritage listing suggests that it was possibly constructed for a gentleman called Robert Taylor between 1594 and 1603. It comprises a heavily restored house and barn complex with exposed timber beams and tile hipped roofs.
To paraphrase the current occupant's website, apparently the Manor of Wyllyotts has an older history than that of the current buildings and dates back to the 13th century when the estate covered 2000 acres. There is some suggestion that the original complex may have been moated, although there is no evidence of a moat structure today. The first reference to the Manor of Wyllyotts is in 1268, when Sir Roger Leukenor was Lord of the Manor, and although the family held the property until 1562, they did not live there. The first known occupants were the Pouns family in 1387.
The Manor and Manor house descended through many families until in 1687 James Hickson, a London Alderman and member of the Guild of Brewers, bequeathed the estate to the Guild for the upkeep of his almshouses nearby. For much of the 18th and 19th centuries there was a farm on the site but the tenants who farmed the land let the buildings fall into neglect.
It was extensively restored by Hugh Seabrook who purchased the property in 1925 and the Potters Bar Urban District Council became the owners in 1937. In 1973, it was sold to the Goodhews restaurant chain and for the last couple of decades, Wyllyott's Manor has housed a succession of restaurants and bars which have met with varying degrees of success. Today it is known as The Old Manor Bar and Restaurant.
However, when I was a child, it more prosaically housed the rates office, and I vividly recall accompanying my Mum here to pay the rates bill!