Arnos Park was created in 1928 when 44 acres of wood and meadow, part of the 300-acre Arnos Grove Estate, were purchased by Southgate Urban District Council from Lord Inverforth (who had bought it in 1918), while the remainder of the estate was sold for housing development. From 1777 to 1918 the estate belonged to the Walker family, Quaker brewers and cousins of the Gray family of Grovelands. Isaac Walker ‘improved’ the grounds, creating three miles of pleasure walks. In 1884 the house was said to command ‘a view of several rich valleys, with the hills towards Finchley and Muswell Hill’. The 18th-century house, with 20th-century additions, still stands on Cannon Hill.