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.
Furzehill School was one of the original schools of Boreham Wood, opening in 1912.
Furzehill School was not the first school to open, there had been at least three before in the village, but was the first County Council school to be built in the parish.
It was built because the population had grown since the introduction of the railway in 1868 and the local schools in Elstree and Medburn were full.
In 1910, the parish handed over four acres of land for Furzehill School to be built. The plot holders received £1 each in compensation.
The council then bought an adjacent four acres for £300 for allotments.
The school opened on 14 October 1912 and was called Boreham Wood County Council School.
Over the course of its history, Furzehill transformed from a junior, mixed and infant school to a middle school in 1974. The school eventually closed in 2001.
Furzehill burned down in 1949. It was reported that Mr Jepps the then headmaster was seen in the playground in tears - luckily the fire happened after school hours and no one was hurt - pupils were sent to other locations to continue lessons including Hill House in Elstree and Shenley Village Hall.
Furzehill was rebuilt but finally closed in 2001 being demolished in early 2006. In its place stands 90 homes, and a children’s centre.
Furzehill Middle School
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