infobox UK place
country = England
Elstree and Borehamwood
population= 31,616 (2001 census)
region= East of England
post_town= BOREHAMWOOD|postcode_district = WD6
postcode_area= WD |dial_code= 020
Borehamwood (sometimes referred to as Boreham Wood) is a town in southern
Hertfordshire, situated 16 miles / 25km north of London. It is part of the boroughof Hertsmerewithin the London commuter belt. As of April 2004, the town had approximately 30,000 residents. There is one weekly newspaper, the "Borehamwood and Elstree Times", commonly known as the "Borehamwood Times".
The town was part of the ancient parish of
Elstree; the two still share a local council, Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council. Borehamwood is undergoing a large transformation which has seen hundreds of new homes built over the last 5 years. There are currently two developments being built and more are expected.
On the west side of Borehamwood is a railway station,
Elstree & Borehamwood railway station, served by trains operated by First Capital Connect, (formerly Thameslink). The same railwayline is used by Midland Mainlinebetween St Pancras stationand Nottingham, although these trains do not stop.
Since the 1920s, the town has been home to several
film studios and many shots of its streets are included in final cuts of 20th century British films. This earned it the nickname of the "British Hollywood". Most of the studios have now closed, although two remain.
Many well-known movies including "Moby Dick", "The Dam Busters",
The Shiningstarring Jack Nicholson, the first three " Indiana Jones" films and the first three " Star Wars" movies were partially filmed at the former Associated British Studios in Shenley Road. These were partly demolished in the 1980s to make way for a Tesco Extrasupermarket on one side and an office block complex on the other. The area between the two has been redeveloped to form Elstree Studioswhere, more recently, the TV series " Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and "Big Brother" were filmed, as well as several major feature films. The " Inspector Morse" TV series' production offices were based in the studios and, although the series was set in Oxford, several exterior locations (banks, shops etc) were filmed in the streets of Borehamwood.
British National Studiosoff Clarendon Road (which were later owned by Lew Grade's ATV) is now the BBC Elstree Centre. The studios have, over the years, been home to Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Blackmail", Gerry Anderson's TV series "UFO" and now BBC TV's most popular soap, " EastEnders" and their popular medical drama " Holby City". An episode of " Judge John Deed" included scenes of the Tesco Extra, but with Borehamwood crossed out and Leweswritten in its place. The studio has also been used for "Question Time".
Several other studios in the town have been demolished. The
MGM-British Studioscomplex (demolished in the early 1970s) saw the production of many well-known films such as ", Where Eagles Dare" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips".
The building opposite Elstree & Borehamwood station that housed the former
Gate Studioswas demolished in April 2006. This site is now being developed as an executive housing development by Taylor Woodrowhomes. The McDonaldsdrive-thru is what was the converted Red Lionpub. This pub used to stand adjacent to the MGMStudios and actors such as Robert Mitchumwere often seen drinking in there.
Recent E4 show, "
The Inbetweeners" is filmed and set in Borehamwood.
Millennium Studiosis situated on Elstree Way, Borehamwood.
Adecco UK Limited has its Head Office based in Borehamwood.
The UK headquarters of
Pizza Hutare based within the town and, until 2003, so were the headquarters of the United Kingdomsubsidiary of T-Mobile, with both being based in the office blocks standing on part of what used to be the old Elstree Studios. Regent Innshas its head office on Elstree Way. Nat West, George Wimpey, Barclays, DVLAand Alstomalso have large offices within the town.
Jaye Davidson, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in the movie The Crying Game, grew up here and went to Hillside Comprehensive School (now Yavneh College).
Ashley West, British abstract artist
*Marilyn Early 80s New Romantic singer went to St Teresa's Catholic School
port and recreation
The first third of the [http://enquire.hertscc.gov.uk/CMS/explore/walk/timberland/default.htm Watling Chase Timberland Trail] stretches from
Elstree & Borehamwood railway stationup to Shenley.
Borehamwood is home to
Boreham Wood F.C., Arsenal Ladies and Watford F.C. Reserves who play their home games at Meadow Park. There are several parks in the area. Aberford Park is featured with the source of the brook which has been artificially been made to look like a lake. Meadow Park includes a large playing field, tennis courts and basketball courts.
Borehamwood has a large shopping area called Borehamwood Shopping Park, featuring large stores such as Marks & Spencer Simply Food,
Next, Outfit- which includes Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans and Miss Selfridge, WH Smithand Boots.
Borehamwood has a number of primary and secondary schools including
Hertswood School, the Jewish secondary school, Yavneh College and Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' and Girls' schools. Typical of the exemplary post-war work of the Herts County Architect's Department is [http://www.cowleyhill.herts.sch.uk Cowley Hill Primary School] . [Source: Nikolaus Pevsner, "Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, 2nd ed." 1972, Penguin, pp 37-38.]
* [http://www.hertsdirect.org/atozofservices/twcoun3y/twytow4y/548970 Hertfordshire County Council page about Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council]
* [http://www.borehamwoodtimes.co.uk "Borehamwood and Elstree Times"]
* [http://www.borehamwoodshoppingpark.com "Borehamwood Shopping Park]
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