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.
Keystone Passage commemorates the Keystone factory.
With a 900-strong workforce, the Keystone Knitting Mills was a major employer in the area from the end of the Twenties to the beginning of the early Sixties.
The business dated back to 1919, when friends Henry Nathan Lewis and Morris Twogood started door-to-door distribution of stockings imported from the United States.
They opened a factory in Shenley Road
in 1927, specialising in high quality ladies’ hosiery and lingerie. It was built on a site between Glenhaven Avenue
and Clarendon Road
, behind the shops in Shenley Road
. It became a public limited company in 1928 and survived during the Second World War when the factory was taken over to make munitions.
In the late 1950s, competition for customers became intense with Italian seamless and nylon stockings flooding the British market. In 1958 the company was taken over by Alicia Hosiery and in the early Sixties the factory closed its doors for the final time.
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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