|The Old Bakery, a 17th century former farmhouse and bake-house, stands at the heart of Winchmore Hill. Although Winchmore Hill is very much part of modern London, it is still centred around a traditional village green and retains the charm of past times. Around The Green are a choice of characterful pubs and cafes, and a variety of restaurants, as well as food, antique and gift shops. Winchmore Hill station, just two minutes’ walk away, takes you in twenty-five minutes to theatre-land, the museums and galleries, Oxford Street and the very best of London’s shopping.
The Old Bakery is a Grade II listed building, protected by law because of its historic significance. The original farmhouse, built circa 1600, consisted of just two rooms downstairs bridged by a huge fireplace and chimney, and two rooms above. Much enlarged, in the 18th and 19th centuries, it became the village bakehouse and home to the baker’s family. Chalkley’s Farmhouse Bakery was run for four generations by the Chalkley family until it closed in 1960. The Anstee family have lived here since 1978.