Hillside

Large house/stately home in/near Elstree, existed between 1820 and 1939

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Large house/stately home · Elstree · WD6 · Contributed by The Underground Map
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"Hillside" - also known as "Barham House".

Hillside was the childhood home of Sir Richard Burton.

Hillside was previously known as both ’Clockhouse’ and ’Barham House’.

William Putland built the adjacent Coach House (still standing as two semi detached houses) in 1789. Barham House was built sometime between that date and 1820 for it was, in the 1820s, the home of a Samuel Baker. He was the grandfather of Richard Burton, a renowned Victorian explorer. Richard Burton was born in Torquay (Devon) in 1821 but christened at St Nicholas Church, Elstree. He spent a lot of his boyhood at the house.

The newsletter of the Elstree and Borehamwood Museum noted in 2014:

"Richard Burton became an Oxford scholar, explorer, archaeologist, diplomat, writer, translator, linguist (he could speak 25 languages in later years), and expert swordsman. He was always looking for new experiences to escape from what he termed ’The slavery of civilisation’. He had the looks to match his adventurous spirit, being 6 foot tall and athletically built with fierce, mustachioed facial features. His imposing prize fighter looks were made even more impressive when, on one of his many travels, a Somali spear penetrated his left cheek and exited his right removing his back teeth en route. He was left with a permanent, jagged scar. Heavily disguised he made journeys to the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina, fully aware that detection would mean certain death. His accounts of those travels astounded Victorian society and made him famous. He spent many months trying to find the source of the Nile but, despite braving hostile tribes and tropical diseases, was unsuccessful in this endeavour.

Sir Richard Burton was knighted in 1886.

In his later years he translated the Kama Sutra into English (anonymously) and then produced a 16 volume translation of the Arabian
Nights which he published under his own name. When he died in Trieste in 1890 his wife burned all his diaries and manuscripts and 40 years of work, written by this extraordinary man, went up in smoke."

Barham Avenue was built on the site of the house - on 1930s maps this was called "Sarum Avenue". This sounds like a case of a name being given by word of mouth and misheard!

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Georgina Dorsett ( nee Peters )
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Post by Georgina Dorsett ( nee Peters ): Thrift Farm

My parents moved to 1 Thrift Farm lane Borehamwood in 1947 from London, the farm was next to their house, it was a dirt track leading to the house. In front of our house was a cornfield we often had pigs come in our front garden and i would walk to the farm to see the animals particularly the sheep. They built a tarmac road when Holmshill school was built, and we no longer had a wonderful view of lovely cornfields was such a shame.


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Post by Scott Hatton: 12 Wansford Park, WD6

We moved to 12 Wansford Park during August 1960, moving out during 1967.

My parents had managed to wangle themselves into a house in London W10 which was due to be demolished by the local council. Thus the council moved them into a much better place (inside toilet!) opposite Tempsford Green in Borehamwood.

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Post by Lesley carlton: Embry Drive, HA7

I use to live in embry drive when it was an RAF station with my family and I went to Belmont school.cm

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Post by John Morton: Manor Way, WD6

I remember the following shops along Manor Way: Martins, Bishop’s, the Co Op and Dewhurst.

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Post by Ron: Colindale

The leather business and ’Leatherville’ was set up by Arthur Garstin, not GARSTON.
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Post by Scott Hatton: Borehamwood

I was brought up in Borehamwood - first in Wansford Park and later in Theobald Street.

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Post by Irene Smith: Keystone Passage, WD6

My mother worked at Keystones in the 1940 before she was married.

She later worked at home which a lot of people did. You would often see people walking around Boreham Wood with boxes filled with piecework for the factory.

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Allum Lane, WD6

Allum Lane links Borehamwood with Watling Street just north of Elstree village.

Originally the road was much straighter but encroachment by landowners altered the course slightly. Allum Lane is mentioned as far back as 1437 and at that time was known as Alwynlane. Following the Enclosure Act of 1776, which divided up the Boreham Wood Common, roads such as this were improved from what originally would have been simple dirt tracks.

Along the road many grand houses were slowly built including Hillside (also known as Barham House and Clock House) build in 1789. The explorer (not the actor) Sir Richard Burton, explorer was there.

In the 1860s, the Midland railway reached the area and Elstree station was built at the Borehamwood end of the lane. Allum Lane then became more used as Elstree people used it to access their station. Lord Aldenham build a carriage drive from Aldenham House to meet Allum Lane at the Elstree end so that his estate could easier access the station.

Though many of the larger houses made way for housing, Allum Lane and the road remained rural at the Elstree end, even after the development of the estates of Borehamwood.

Allum Lane Cemetery saw its first burial in July 1962. It stands on the grounds of the old Radnor Hall Estate, which was demolished in the late 1950s.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Aldenham Country Park:   
Aldenham Park:   
Allum Hall:   Allum Hall was a community centre and lately a venue.
Barham House:   Barham (Boreham) House was once one of the most prominent properties in Elstree.
Brickfield Cottages:   Brickfield Cottages were built in 1858 by Charles Morgan, who owned the brickfield next door.
Centennial Park:   
Elstree:   Elstree is a village in the southermost area of Hertfordshire situated on Watling Street.
Elstree Aerodrome:   Elstree Aerodrome is an airfield situated to the southwest of Letchmore Heath
Elstree Brick & Tile Company:   Elstree Brick Works ran from 1865 until 1915.
Elstree Open Space:   
Nicoll Farm:   Nicoll Farm is one of the earliest locations recorded in the Borehamwood area.
Red Lion Hotel:   The Red Lion Hotel stood on the east side of the High Street on the corner of Barnet Lane.
The Artichoke:   The Artichoke was a pub on Elstree Hill North until about 2012.
The Green Dragon:   The Green Dragon was situated at 12-15 High Street, Elstree.
The Holly Bush:   The Holly Bush was an Elstree pub.
The Plough:   The Plough was a pub next to Elstree crossroads.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Aldenham Road, WD6 · Aldridge Avenue, HA8 · Allum Lane, WD6 · Alwyn Close, WD6 · Amias Drive, HA8 · Ascot Close, WD6 · Ashcombe Gardens, HA8 · Barham Avenue, WD6 · Barnet Lane, WD6 · Beehive Close, WD6 · Beethoven Road, WD6 · Belmor, WD6 · Berkeley Close, WD6 · Beulah Close, HA8 · Bishops Avenue, WD6 · Blackwell Gardens, HA8 · Blattner Close, WD6 · Boreham Holt, WD6 · Britten Close, WD6 · Broadfield Parade, HA8 · Broadfields Avenue, HA8 · Broadfields Heights, HA8 · Broadhurst Avenue, HA8 · Brockley Hill, HA8 · Bullescroft Road, HA8 · Butterfly Lane, WD6 · Campbell Croft, HA8 · Canons Corner, HA8 · Cavendish Crescent, WD6 · Centennial Avenue, WD6 · Clare Close, WD6 · Coates Road, WD6 · Collinson Court, HA8 · Compass Close, HA8 · Cranmer Road, HA8 · Crossgate, HA8 · Dagger Lane, WD6 · Deacons Heights, WD6 · Deacons Hill Road, WD6 · Delius Close, WD6 · Dylan Close, WD6 · Edgwarebury Lane, WD6 · Elgar Close, WD6 · Elstree Hill North, WD6 · Elstree Hill South, WD6 · Elstree Road, WD6 · Fairmead Crescent, HA8 · Fairview Way, HA8 · Fir Tree Court, WD6 · Fortune Lane, WD6 · Fox Close, WD6 · Francklyn Gardens, HA8 · Garrick Court, HA8 · Georges Mead, WD6 · Glendale Avenue, HA8 · Glendevon Close, HA8 · Glengall Road, HA8 · Grange Road, WD6 · Grantham Close, HA8 · Green Lane, HA8 · Hadley Close, WD6 · Hamlyn Close, HA8 · Hamonde Close, HA8 · Harcourt Avenue, HA8 · Harrowes Meade, HA8 · Hartfield Avenue, WD6 · Hartfield Close, WD6 · Hartland Close, HA8 · Hazel Gardens, HA8 · Hendon Urban Motorway, HA8 · Hendon Urban Motorway, WD6 · High Street, WD6 · Hillcrest Avenue, HA8 · Hillside Gardens, HA8 · Hogg Lane, WD6 · Holt Close, WD6 · Kenilworth Road, HA8 · Kings Drive, HA8 · Knowl Park, WD6 · Knowl Way, WD6 · Lacey Drive, HA8 · Lakeside Court, WD6 · Land’s End, WD6 · Links Drive, WD6 · Loch Crescent, HA8 · Lodge Avenue, WD6 · Lowther Close, WD6 · Lynford Gardens, HA8 · M1, WD6 · Marlborough Avenue, HA8 · May Gardens, WD6 · Mowbray Road, HA8 · Nash Close, WD6 · New Road, WD6 · Newlands Close, HA8 · Nicholas Road, WD6 · Nutt Grove, HA8 · Oakleigh Gardens, HA8 · Park Crescent, WD6 · Parkside Drive, HA8 · Parnell Close, HA8 · Parsons Crescent, HA8 · Parsons Grove, HA8 · Pipers Green Lane, HA7 · Pipers Green Lane, HA8 · Potters Mews, WD6 · Purcells Avenue, HA8 · Queens Close, HA8 · Ranelagh Close, HA8 · Ranelagh Drive, HA8 · Rodgers Close, WD6 · Romeland, WD6 · Rosens Walk, HA8 · Saint Nicholas Close, WD6 · Schubert Road, WD6 · Shelley Close, HA8 · Sheraton Close, WD6 · Shiremead, WD6 · Shiremeade, WD6 · Spur Road, HA8 · St. Nicholas Close, WD6 · Sterling Avenue, HA8 · Sullivan Way, WD6 · Summer Grove, WD6 · Summer Hill, WD6 · Tauber Close, WD6 · Tayside Drive, HA8 · The Bartons, WD6 · The Drive, HA8 · The Orchard, WD6 · The Rise, HA8 · The Rise, WD6 · The Waterfront, WD6 · Tykeswater Lane, WD6 · Tylers Way, WD6 · Wards Lane, WD6 · Warwick Avenue, HA8 · Watford By-pass, HA7 · Watford By-pass, HA8 · Watford Road, WD6 · Watling Court, WD6 · Watling Farm Close, WD6 · Watling Street, WD6 · Wentworth Avenue, WD6 · West View Gardens, WD6 · Westview Court, WD6 · Willow Court, HA8 · Willow Green, WD6 · Windsor Avenue, HA8 · Wolmer Close, HA8 · Wolmer Gardens, HA8 · Woodside, WD6 · Wyre Grove, HA8 · Yew Tree Court, WD6 ·

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