Turkey Brook

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Turkey Brook rises near the Fir and Pond Woods Local Nature Reserve near Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.


The brook named from the street which is recorded as Tokestreete 1441, Tuckhey strete 1610, Tuckey street 1615, Turkey street 1805, probably 'street of houses (i.e hamlet) associated with a family called Toke(y) from Middle English strete.

The modern form of the name Turkey, not in use before the 19th century, is no doubt due to folk etymology. Mills A. D. Oxford Dictionary of London Place Names (2001) p231 ISBN 0198609574 Retrieved 25 October 2008


The brook flows in an easterly direction and is joined by other streams including Cuffley Brook, Cattlegate Brook and the Small River Lea. Along its course it flows through Cuffley, Crews Hill Golf Club, Clay Hill, Whitewebbs Park, Forty Hill and Albany Park before merging with the River Lee Navigation below Enfield Lock.

Also see: http://www.perimeter.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/turk/index.htm


The brook is mostly shallow, fast flowing and clean and can support wildlife. Coarse fish including dace use the brook to spawn.


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