Originally it was the end of Bowes Road, which ended outside Bowes Farm. The A406 dual carriageway was built to the east in the 1920s. In the 1960s the junction itself was widened, requiring many properties on the north side of North Circular Road to be demolished. That dual carriageway was eventually extended westwards, requiring more demolition.
It used to be flanked by The Cock Inn, which is now the Faltering Fullback.