Shenley Road, Borehamwood, Herts.
Road in/near Borehamwood, existing until now
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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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ABPC Elstree Studios British National Pictures Ltd purchased 50 acres of land on the south side of Shenley Road and began construction of two large film stages in 1925. The first film produced there was Madame Pompadour in 1927. Neptune House Neptune House, built as part of the ATV studios, is now part of the BBC studios. Albert Square, WD6 Albert Square is the fictional location of the BBC soap opera EastEnders. Haddon Close, WD6 Haddon Close was one of a series of roads off Stratfield Road named after country estates. Station Road, WD6 Station Road was laid out shortly after the railway was built to connect new industry built alongside the railway with the centre of the village. Whitehall Close, WD6 Whitehall Close was named for the Whitehall Studios which formerly stood on the site.
Borehamwood is a town of approximately 30 000 residents in southern Hertfordshire, just outside London, and part of the London commuter belt.
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.