History of the Blackhorse Lane SIL

Uplands Business Park and the wider area has a rich industrial history.

Whilst some of the more traditional industries remain, the area is increasingly home to a diverse mix of businesses including artisan food and beverage manufacturers, creative industries and non-industrial uses such as education providers.

There is also a growing presence of co-working space and customer facing activities drawing people in to the area. In recognition of the diverse and exciting mix of businesses the area aims to be designated a Creative Enterprise Zone by the Mayor of London.

Below we have provided a brief outline of its journey from an area renowned for traditional industry and manufacturing to an area seeking designation as a Creative Enterprise Zone.

1894

1932

2021

1930 - 1999

During this period the Blackhorse Lane SIL was traditionally home to industrial activities and was known as a manufacturing centre. The area produced a range of materials including furniture, tyres, printing machinery, dry batteries, leather goods, propellers, omnibus and motors.

In the 1970s, the northern section of the site was rebuilt to house the food producer Bush Boake And Allen in a 'modern' factory complex for their operations, which is now home to Eden Girls School. The pond was decorated with old millstones paying tribute to industry which came before. Below are a section of advertisements from products made at Blackhorse Lane in the 20th century.

2000- 2021

By the turn of the millennium, the volume of manufacturing jobs had fallen to less than 1,000 and typically non-industrial uses had started to appear including health and social work, and public sector activities.

Today, the SIL is home to a diverse mix of light industrial businesses alongside a growing number of creative uses. In recent years, the SIL has seen the arrival of artisan food and beverage manufacturers, creative industries and non-industrial uses such as education providers. There is also a growing presence of co-working space and customer facing activities drawing people in to the area.

In recognition of the diverse and exciting mix of businesses the area aims to be designated a Creative Enterprise Zone by the Mayor of London.