Capel Manor College

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Capel Manor stable block. The weather vane depicts a Clydesdale horse

Capel Manor College is a further education college at Bulls Cross, Enfield, London, England.

The college grounds double as a garden open to the public for most of the year, with events including bushcraft, lambing weekends, heavy horse shows,[1][failed verification] leatherwork and garden festivals. The grounds cover over 30 hectares (74 acres). The 30 acres (12 ha) of gardens include a walled garden, with pyracantha covering the library wall, a rock garden, a winter garden, a woodland walk with an ilex collection, and a lake garden. A sensory garden is stocked with mahonia japonica and garrya elliptica.[2]


Capel Manor house is marked on Grenewood's map of 1819 (as 'Capel House'), on the Ordnance Survey map of 1887, and c.1615 as 'Capels', a manorial name for the "estate of the family called Capel", from Sir George Capel 1547.[3]

A specimen copper beech, which was over three hundred years old, was destroyed in the Great Storm of October 1987. The tree originated from the Black Forest in Germany, and was one of the earliest exemplars of its type in England. The upper branches were bound with 'Victorian tree bracing', a method of branch support and protection in use in the nineteenth century. Today the site is occupied by the Italianate maze.[4]

In late 1997 work started on the Princess of Wales Memorial Garden, in memory of Diana Princess of Wales.[5]


Students at the college tend the gardens as part of their programme of study. Courses include countryside management, animal care, horticulture, saddlery, arboriculture, floristry, garden design.


The main campus is in Enfield. Other campuses across London are in Gunnersbury Park, Regent's Park, Crystal Palace and Newham College of Further Education[6] The College also manages Forty Hall Farm,[7] a 140 acres (57 ha) organic farm in Enfield.

Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ Hertfordshire Heavy Horse Association Retrieved 25 August 2011
  2. ^ Capel Vine[page needed]
  3. ^ Mills, Anthony David Dictionary of London Place Names. Oxford University Press, 2001, p.40. ISBN 0-19-280106-6.
  4. ^ Capel Vine[page needed]
  5. ^ Capel Vine[page needed]
  6. ^ "Arboriculture and Countryside" School of Arboriculture & Countryside. Retrieved 10 September 2015
  7. ^ Forty Hall Farm
  8. ^ "Capel Manor College-Kim Wilde". Association of Colleges. Retrieved 18 January 2017.


Capel Vine, Friends of Capel Manor, issue 4, 1997

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Coordinates: 51°40′48″N 0°03′31″W / 51.6799°N 0.0585°W / 51.6799; -0.0585