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Pymmes Park is on the site of an earlier landscape park and is named after the family of William Pymme who owned the estate in the14th century. From 1327-1578 the Pymmes Estate had a number of owners In 1582 it was acquired by William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Lord High Treasurer of England for 250. His son Sir Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, became the owner in 1589 following his marriage. He stayed at Pymmes on his honeymoon and rebuilt the house in 1593.

In the early C18th the timber-framed house was given a classical outer wall. The estate remained in the ownership of the Cecil family until 1801 and then in the care of the Ray family until 1897 when Edmonton Urban District Council purchased the estate for 36,000. Northside was opened in 1897 and the remaining land was opened to the public in June 1906.

The first public park in the area, it was much photographed for postcards at the time, and among its features was a Bandstand which could seat up to 800 people. The walled garden was restored in 1980. The old mansion was damaged by fire in 1940 during World War II and subsequently demolished; after the war, a one-storey building was built in the same place. This building is used as an old people's club. The south part of the park lost some land to make way for improvements to the North Circular in early 1995. Pymmes Park Adventure Playground was opened in 1997, the public park's centenary year which is also commemorated by a wood carved sculpture on the lawn between Silver Street and the walled garden, erected by Pymmes Park Friends. Heritage Lottery Funding of 2.8m enabled improvement works to the park including restoration of pathways, replacement of trees lost as a result of the North Circular widening and improvement of the lake area.

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