The County Council bought 40 acres of land in 1935 called Furzefield; it lay between Mutton Lane and Cranborne Road sewage farm. Eighteen acres of this land was to be developed into a sports facility to which the King George V Memorial Foundation promised a grant. World War II delayed the project but the playing field and a pavilion (converted from the British Legion Memorial Hall) was opened in 1957.

The earliest reference I found to the name Furzefield Wood is 1842 Tithe Map. A mid-19th century map of the area shows Furzefield Wood. This mid-19th century Map of Field Names has Furzefield Wood marked in more or less the same shape as today. The Furzefield meadow where the Potters Bar Brook runs is there too and split in two fields - Upper and Lower Halfpenny Bottom. At the eastern end of the wood there are also two small areas - Dell Wood and Shepherd's Dell. The King George Playing field is marked as Arable field (existing oaks on the field in 1998 are indicators of these old field boundaries). There are two other fields called Two Acres and Further Hickman marked.

400 YEARS AGO...
An earlier map still, the 1594 map of Ralph Treswell (Wyllyots Manor) doesn't show the Furzefield wood but the meadow is shown: look for Longe Pightell* the Lorde Windsor. I overlaid the 1594 map and present day map on computer, lining up Mutton Lane, Darkes Lane and Billy Lows (New Lane on the 1594 map) and the correlation is very good. The area of the Potters Bar Golf Club also matches the field boundaries very well in places. Furzefield Wood then in those times was part of a much larger piece of woodland called Hasyars Lande. [*Pightell (Old Eng.) = pightle = pingle = enclosed field.]

900 YEARS AGO...
Before this time the history of the Manor of South Mimms, which I assume always contains Furzefield, is rather complicated because South Mimms actually moved its position and its ownership changed many times. By 1086 the Domesday Book contains a reference to South Mimms (Mimes) as a berewic and part of the Manor of Edmonton. The site of the first South Mimms is likely to have been where the twelfth century South Mimms Castle stood.