Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Herts.
Road in/near Borehamwood, existing until now
Print-friendly version of this page Borehamwood is a town of approximately 30 000 residents in southern Hertfordshire, just outside London, and part of the London commuter belt.
Shenley Road is the main street running through Borehamwood.
Leading to the village of Shenley, and hence the name, it was not always the high street of Boreham Wood (later Borehamwood). The main commercial activity until the 1930s was centred on Theobald Street
As the village grew into a town, and especially as the new estate came into being, the largely residential nature of Shenley Road began to change as houses were knocked down and shops erected. This coincided with the centre of gravity of Borehamwood moving east as film studios were built.
When Elstree Way was laid out around the time of the Second World War, its junction with Shenley Road began to mark the limit of the commercial west end of the road and the still residential east/north end.
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Borehamwood, more commonly called Boreham Wood before the LCC estate was built, is part of the borough of Hertsmere. The town is often associated with the nearby village Elstree (being part of the ancient parish of Elstree), the two still share a local council, now called the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.
The A1 passes just to the east of the town, and the M25 passes about two miles north of it.
Since the 1920s, the town has been the location of several film studios. The former British National Studios on Clarendon Road
are now the BBC’s Elstree Television Studios. One of BBC’s popular soaps, EastEnders, is produced at the BBC studios, as well as popular medical drama Holby City. ’Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, ’Big Brother’ and major feature films are filmed at the Elstree Studios in Shenley Road.