Stirling Corner

Neighbourhood in/near Borehamwood, existing between 1928 and now

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Stirling Corner is the road junction of the A1 Barnet Bypass and Barnet Lane.


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A Mr Stirling opened a garage at the junction - hence both Stirling Corner and Stirling Way.

This dual carriageway was part of a 1920–4 road improvement programme that was mentioned in parliament in 1928 as "hopefully being completed by the end of the summer".

The A1 northbound carriageway passes the entrance to Scratchwood, an area of ancient forest which is now a Local Nature Reserve, then crosses the A411 from Watford to Barnet at the Stirling Corner roundabout.

A proposed link road at this roundabout, estimated at £22.8m in 1987, would have provided access to the M1, but the plans were subsequently abandoned. The link had been planned during discussions for the Hendon Urban Motorway, which was intended to carry the M1 all the way down to Hyde Park Corner as part of the London Ringways scheme; the interchange would have been junction 3 on the motorway.

Past Stirling Corner, the A1 skirts Borehamwood, before turning northeast and running through open countryside to Bignell’s Corner.


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Borehamwood

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.
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