Ashley Drive, Borehamwood, Herts.
Road in/near Borehamwood, existing between 1939 and 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.
Ashley Drive was one of the original Laing estate roads.
Borehamwood might have looked very different if two 1930s plans had not been halted by the War.
Since work had begun on extending the Underground system to Elstree Hill from Edgware, the John Laing company purchased hundreds of acres, intending to create a ‘garden town.
By 1939, certain new roads had been constructed already - Ashley Drive and Balmoral Drive
ran north-south and met Ripon Way
which linked up with a similar north-south road slightly to the east - Manor Way
The war intervened bringing further Laing work to a halt. After World War Two, London had a housing crisis and the then London County Council proposed a new plan built around the Laing roads.
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Looking northeast along the future path of Ashley Drive.
Britain From Above
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.