Numerous names for Southgate House
When a trial excavation was carried out in the gardens of Arno's Grove, it produced a variety of finds. These included 13th-century pottery, a ditch or 'ha-ha' and an 18th-century brick drain.
Arnos Grove was originally named 'Arnolds'. William Acton, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1640, bought the property in 1645. The banker James Colebrook gave it the name 'Arno's Grove'. He extended the property in 1719 with the help of architect Robert Taylor.
Still in use
On the entrance wall is a blue plaque that commemorates the Walkers, a family of brewers who occupied the house for four generations. The house's name was eventually changed to Nortmeth House in the 20th century, but the old name survives at the local tube station; Arnos Grove. Since 1997 the house has served as a residential nursing centre for the elderly.
Museum number SOU90