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Wood Green
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Shopping City, Wood Green High Road
Population 28,453 (Noel Park and Woodside wards)
OS grid reference TQ305905
• Charing Cross 6.7 mi (10.8 km) S
London borough
Ceremonial county Greater London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district N22
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament
  • Hornsey and Wood Green
London Assembly
  • Enfield and Haringey
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LondonCoordinates: 51°35′53″N 0°06′54″W / 51.5981°N 0.1149°W / 51.5981; -0.1149

Wood Green is a district of north London, England, in the London Borough of Haringey. It is 6.7 miles (10.8 km) north of Charing Cross, and is west of Tottenham, south of Palmers Green and north of Harringay. The population, comprising the Noel Park and Woodside wards, was 28,453 in the 2011 Census. The London Plan identifies the area as one of the metropolitan centres in Greater London.


In the latter half of the 19th century and before urbanisation, Wood Green was part of Tottenham and covered by woodland called Tottenham Wood: hence the original name of the area, Tottenham Wood Green. The 18 acre area was auctioned off as 'Wood-Green' in 9 separate plots on 13 August 1806 by local agent Prickett and Ellis at Garraway's Coffee house in Cornhill,London.

Prickett and Ellis Particulars
Sales Particulars used by Prickett and Ellis in 1806 in the sale of 'wood green'.


Two bombs planted by the Provisional IRA exploded at the Shopping City complex on 10 December 1992, injuring 11 people, including four police officers. The bombs were hidden in two separate litter bins about 200 yards away from each other.


There are no Streets in Wood Green (only Roads, Avenues, Closes etc.).

Wood Green lies between 66 ft (20m) and 98 ft (30m) above sea level.


Wood Green is mostly represented by the Noel Park ward (southern) and Woodside ward (northern). In the 2011 census, the largest ethnic group of Noel Park was Other White, 27%, followed by 25% White British, making the total white groups (with Irish) 55%. The Woodside ward was likewise, the figures being 30% and 23% respectively, whereas 8% were Black African.


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Wood Green tube station

London Underground

Wood Green tube station is on Wood Green High Road with Bounds Green tube station to the north of the area and Turnpike Lane tube station to the south, all are on the Piccadilly line.


Alexandra Palace, formerly known as "Wood Green for Alexandra Park", is on the East Coast Main Line. It has services in to Kings Cross and Moorgate and out to Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. Bowes Park serves the Hertford Loop Line branch of the East Coast Main Line. Until the 1960s, a branch line of the former Great Eastern Railway network crossed the Wood Green High Road at a station called Noel Park; providing connections to Stratford and North Woolwich.


A bus station is located at Turnpike Lane, there are also many buses that stop outside Wood Green tube station. It is the starting place of many bus routes including the 29 to Trafalgar Square.

Notable appearances

  • Nick Hornby's book, High Fidelity
  • Razorlight' s song "Los Angeles Waltz"
  • Mark Knopfler's song "Junkie Doll"
  • Pablo Gad's song "Black Before Creation"
  • Sway DaSafo's song "Up Your Speed"
  • Juan Maria Solare's composition "Woodgreen Walk" for Horn and Cello, 2011
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