Print-friendly version of this page Elstree is a village in the southermost area of Hertfordshire situated on Watling Street.
Barham (Boreham) House was once one of the most prominent properties in Elstree.
There had been a house on the site since circa 1600 which had changed occupants many times and was renamed over the years. Licence:
Francis Burton M.D. (died 1828), uncle of Richard Francis Burton, military surgeon who made Napoleon’s Death Mask, lived at Barham House, and is buried in Elstree parish church.
The final owner, the famous publisher Andrew Chatto, was there by 1897. His son sold the property to a local estate agency which demolished it.
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Napoleon’s Death Mask, made in 1821 by Barham House resident, Francis Burton M.D., the uncle of explorer Richard Francis Burton
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Though since boundary changes fully in Hertfordshire, until the 1990s it was half in Hertfordshire and half in Middlesex (now Greater London).
It is most famous for giving its name to the Elstree Film Studios in nearby Borehamwood where a number of famous British films were made.
Elstree has an airfield, with a paved runway, suitable for light aircraft use. The nearest railway station is Elstree & Borehamwood.