Thatched Barn

Hotel in/near Borehamwood, existed between 1932 and 1989

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The Thatched Barn motel was built alongside the new Barnet By Pass in 1932.

The Barnet By Pass had been built in 1929 and the Thatched Barn was a two-storey mock-Tudor hotel built beside it. It had been commissioned in 1927 by a Mrs Merrick.

It was bought by holiday camp founder, Billy Butlin, before being requisitioned as ’Station XV’ by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in World War Two, and used to train spies. By the end of the war the building had fallen into disrepair, the owner went bankrupt and in 1961 the hotel was put up for sale.

In the 1960s, it became a Playboy Club before reverting to its original function.

It became associated with Elstree Film Studios, and was used as a location for TV series The Saint, and later The Prisoner. Its close proximity to the studios meant that it was always a popular destination for film stars between the 1930s and the 1960s. With an elaborate dining hall and heated outdoor swimming pool, it was considered the height of luxury for the glamorous stars that graced it during this period.

The original building was demolished at the end of the 1980s, and replaced by a modern hotel.

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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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