Hillside

Large house in/near Elstree, existed between the 1820s and 1939

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Hillside was the childhood home of Sir Richard Burton.

"Hillside" - also known as "Barham House".
Hillside was previously known as both ’Clockhouse’ and ’Barham House’.

William Putland built the adjacent Coach House (still standing as two semi detached houses) in 1789. Barham House was built sometime between that date and 1820 for it was, in the 1820s, the home of a Samuel Baker. He was the grandfather of Richard Burton, a renowned Victorian explorer. Richard Burton was born in Torquay (Devon) in 1821 but christened at St Nicholas Church, Elstree. He spent a lot of his boyhood at the house.

The newsletter of the Elstree and Borehamwood Museum noted in 2014:

"Richard Burton became an Oxford scholar, explorer, archaeologist, diplomat, writer, translator, linguist (he could speak 25 languages in later years), and expert swordsman. He was always looking for new experiences to escape from what he termed ’The slavery of civilisation’. He had the looks to match his adventurous spirit, being 6 foot tall and athletically built with fierce, mustachioed facial features. His imposing prize fighter looks were made even more impressive when, on one of his many travels, a Somali spear penetrated his left cheek and exited his right removing his back teeth en route. He was left with a permanent, jagged scar. Heavily disguised he made journeys to the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina, fully aware that detection would mean certain death. His accounts of those travels astounded Victorian society and made him famous. He spent many months trying to find the source of the Nile but, despite braving hostile tribes and tropical diseases, was unsuccessful in this endeavour.

Sir Richard Burton was knighted in 1886.

In his later years he translated the Kama Sutra into English (anonymously) and then produced a 16 volume translation of the Arabian
Nights which he published under his own name. When he died in Trieste in 1890 his wife burned all his diaries and manuscripts and 40 years of work, written by this extraordinary man, went up in smoke."

Barham Avenue was built on the site of the house - on 1930s maps this was called "Sarum Avenue". This sounds like a case of a name being given by word of mouth and misheard!


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Georgina Dorsett ( nee Peters )
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Post by Georgina Dorsett ( nee Peters ): Thrift Farm

My parents moved to 1 Thrift Farm lane Borehamwood in 1947 from London, the farm was next to their house, it was a dirt track leading to the house. In front of our house was a cornfield we often had pigs come in our front garden and i would walk to the farm to see the animals particularly the sheep. They built a tarmac road when Holmshill school was built, and we no longer had a wonderful view of lovely cornfields was such a shame.


Scott Hatton
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Post by Scott Hatton: 12 Wansford Park, WD6

We moved to 12 Wansford Park during August 1960, moving out during 1967.

My parents had managed to wangle themselves into a house in London W10 which was due to be demolished by the local council. Thus the council moved them into a much better place (inside toilet!) opposite Tempsford Green in Borehamwood.

Lesley carlton
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Post by Lesley carlton: Embry Drive, HA7

I use to live in embry drive when it was an RAF station with my family and I went to Belmont school.cm

John Morton
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Post by John Morton: Manor Way, WD6

I remember the following shops along Manor Way: Martins, Bishop’s, the Co Op and Dewhurst.

Ron
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Post by Ron: Colindale

The leather business and ’Leatherville’ was set up by Arthur Garstin, not GARSTON.
:o)

Martina
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Post by Martina: Schweppes Factory

The site is now a car shop and Angels Fancy Dress shop and various bread factories are there.

Scott Hatton
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Post by Scott Hatton: Borehamwood

I was brought up in Borehamwood - first in Wansford Park and later in Theobald Street.

Irene Smith
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Post by Irene Smith: Keystone Passage, WD6

My mother worked at Keystones in the 1940 before she was married.

She later worked at home which a lot of people did. You would often see people walking around Boreham Wood with boxes filled with piecework for the factory.

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Post by LDNnews: Aldwych
Abbots Road follows a footpath which stretched from Bunns Lane to Orange Hill House.
Abbots Road follows a footpath which stretched from Bunns Lane to Orange Hill House.

https://www.theundergroundmap.com/article.html?id=10488

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Post by LDNnews: Aldwych
Totteridge Fields is managed by the London Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve, in partnership with Barnet Council.
Totteridge Fields is managed by the London Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve, in partnership with Barnet Council.

https://www.theundergroundmap.com/article.html?id=51064

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Elstree

Elstree is a village in the southermost area of Hertfordshire situated on Watling Street.

Though since boundary changes fully in Hertfordshire, until the 1990s it was half in Hertfordshire and half in Middlesex (now Greater London).

It is most famous for giving its name to the Elstree Film Studios in nearby Borehamwood where a number of famous British films were made.

Elstree has an airfield, with a paved runway, suitable for light aircraft use. The nearest railway station is Elstree & Borehamwood.






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