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Village · Elstree · WD6 ·
FEBRUARY
11
2013

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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CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY

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Fion Anderson   
Added: 2 Nov 2021 12:55 GMT   

Elstree not Borehamwood
Home of the UK film industry

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norma brown   
Added: 20 Aug 2021 21:12 GMT   

my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
my home

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

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danny currie   
Added: 30 Nov 2022 18:39 GMT   

dads yard
ron currie had a car breaking yard in millers yard back in the 60s good old days

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Lynette beardwood   
Added: 29 Nov 2022 20:53 GMT   

Spy’s Club
Topham’s Hotel at 24-28 Ebury Street was called the Ebury Court Hotel. Its first proprietor was a Mrs Topham. In WW2 it was a favourite watering hole for the various intelligence organisations based in the Pimlico area. The first woman infiltrated into France in 1942, FANY Yvonne Rudellat, was recruited by the Special Operations Executive while working there. She died in Bergen Belsen in April 1945.

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Born here
   
Added: 16 Nov 2022 12:39 GMT   

The Pearce family lived in Gardnor Road
The Pearce family moved into Gardnor Road around 1900 after living in Fairfax walk, my Great grandfather, wife and there children are recorded living in number 4 Gardnor road in the 1911 census, yet I have been told my grand father was born in number 4 in 1902, generations of the Pearce continue living in number 4 as well other houses in the road up until the 1980’s

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Lived here
Phil Stubbington   
Added: 14 Nov 2022 16:28 GMT   

Numbers 60 to 70 (1901 - 1939)
A builder, Robert Maeers (1842-1919), applied to build six houses on plots 134 to 139 on the Lincoln House Estate on 5 October 1901. He received approval on 8 October 1901. These would become numbers 60 to 70 Rodenhurst Road (60 is plot 139). Robert Maeers was born in Northleigh, Devon. In 1901 he was living in 118 Elms Road with his wife Georgina, nee Bagwell. They had four children, Allan, Edwin, Alice, and Harriet, born between 1863 and 1873.
Alice Maeers was married to John Rawlins. Harriet Maeers was married to William Street.
Three of the six houses first appear on the electoral register in 1904:
Daniel Mescal “Ferncroft”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By the 1905 electoral register all six are occupied:

Daniel Mescal “St Senans”
Henry Robert Honeywood “Grasmere”
John Rawlins “Iveydene”
William Francis Street “Hillsboro”
Walter Ernest Manning “St Hilda”
Henry Elkin “Montrose”

By 1906 house numbers replace names:

Daniel Mescal 70
Henry Robert Honeywood 68
John Rawlins 66
William Francis Street 64
Walter Ernest Manning 62
Henry Elkin 60

It’s not clear whether number 70 changed from “Ferncroft” to “St Senans” or possibly Daniel Mescal moved houses.

In any event, it can be seen that Robert Maeers’ two daughters are living in numbers 64 and 66, with, according to local information, an interconnecting door. In the 1911 census William Street is shown as a banker’s clerk. John Rawlins is a chartering clerk in shipping. Robert Maeers and his wife are also living at this address, Robert being shown as a retired builder.

By 1939 all the houses are in different ownership except number 60, where the Elkins are still in residence.


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stephen garraway   
Added: 13 Nov 2022 13:56 GMT   

Martin Street, Latimer Road
I was born at St Charlottes and lived at 14, Martin Street, Latimer Road W10 until I was 4 years old when we moved to the east end. It was my Nan Grant’s House and she was the widow of George Frederick Grant. She had two sons, George and Frederick, and one daughter, my mother Margaret Patricia.
The downstairs flat where we lived had two floors, the basement and the ground floor. The upper two floors were rented to a Scot and his family, the Smiths. He had red hair. The lights and cooker were gas and there was one cold tap over a Belfast sink. A tin bath hung on the wall. The toilet was outside in the yard. This was concreted over and faced the the rear of the opposite terraces. All the yards were segregated by high brick walls. The basement had the a "best" room with a large , dark fireplace with two painted metal Alsation ornaments and it was very dark, cold and little used.
The street lights were gas and a man came round twice daily to turn them on and off using a large pole with a hook and a lighted torch on the end. I remember men coming round the streets with carts selling hot chestnuts and muffins and also the hurdy gurdy man with his instrument and a monkey in a red jacket. I also remember the first time I saw a black man and my mother pulling me away from him. He had a Trilby and pale Mackintosh so he must of been one of the first of the Windrush people. I seem to recall he had a thin moustache.
Uncle George had a small delivery lorry but mum lost touch with him and his family. Uncle Fred went to Peabody Buildings near ST.Pauls.
My Nan was moved to a maisonette in White City around 1966, and couldn’t cope with electric lights, cookers and heating and she lost all of her neighbourhood friends. Within six months she had extreme dementia and died in a horrible ward in Tooting Bec hospital a year or so later. An awful way to end her life, being moved out of her lifelong neighbourhood even though it was slums.

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Comment
   
Added: 31 Oct 2022 18:47 GMT   

Memories
I lived at 7 Conder Street in a prefab from roughly 1965 to 1971 approx - happy memories- sad to see it is no more ?

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Eve Glover   
Added: 22 Oct 2022 09:28 GMT   

Shenley Road
Shenley Road is the main street in Borehamwood where the Job Centre and Blue Arrow were located

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Richard Lake   
Added: 28 Sep 2022 09:37 GMT   

Trade Union Official
John William Lake snr moved with his family to 22 De Laune Street in 1936. He was the London Branch Secretary for the Street Masons, Paviours and Road Makers Union. He had previously lived in Orange St now Copperfield St Southwark but had been forced to move because the landlord didn’t like him working from home and said it broke his lease.
John William snr died in 1940. His son John William Lake jnr also became a stone mason and at the end of World War two he was responsible for the engraving of the dates of WW2 onto the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Red Lion Hotel The Red Lion Hotel stood on the east side of the High Street on the corner of Barnet Lane.
The Green Dragon The Green Dragon was situated at 12-15 High Street, Elstree.
The Holly Bush The Holly Bush was an Elstree pub.
The Plough The Plough was a pub next to Elstree crossroads.

THE STREETS OF ELSTREE
Aldenham Road, WD6 Aldenham Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Allum Lane, WD6 Allum Lane links Borehamwood with Watling Street just north of Elstree village.
Alwyn Close, WD6 Alwyn Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Ascot Close, WD6 Ascot Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Barham Avenue, WD6 Barham Avenue was constructed on the site of two historic houses.
Barnet Lane, WD6 Barnet Lane for centuries formed Hertfordshire’s boundary with Middlesex.
Beehive Close, WD6 Beehive Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Beethoven Road, WD6 Beethoven Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Belmor, WD6 Belmor is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Berkeley Close, WD6 Berkeley Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Bishops Avenue, WD6 Bishops Avenue is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Blattner Close, WD6 Blattner Close was named after Ludwig (Louis) Blattner, cinema pioneer, when built in the late 1990s.
Boreham Holt, WD6 Boreham Holt is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Brannigan Way, HA8 A street within the HA8 postcode
Britten Close, WD6 Britten Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Butterfield Cottages, WD6 Butterfield Cottages is a location in London.
Butterfly Lane, WD6 Butterfly Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Cannons Corner, HA8 Cannons Corner is a location in London.
Canons Centre, HA8 Canons Centre is a location in London.
Cavendish Crescent, WD6 Cavendish Crescent is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Centennial Avenue, WD6 Centennial Avenue is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Centennial Park, WD6 Centennial Park is a location in London.
Clare Close, WD6 Clare Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Coates Road, WD6 This is an article about Coates Road.
Dagger Lane, WD6 Dagger Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Deacons Close, WD6 Deacons Close is a location in London.
Deacons Heights, WD6 Deacons Heights is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Deacons Hill Road, WD6 Deacons Hill Road is a road connecting Barnet Lane and Allum Lane.
Delius Close, WD6 Delius Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Dylan Close, WD6 Dylan Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Edgwarebury Lane, WD6 Edgwarebury Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Elgar Close, WD6 Elgar Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Elstree Aerodrome, WD25 Elstree Aerodrome is a location in London.
Elstree Hill North, WD6 Elstree Hill North is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Elstree Hill South, WD6 Elstree Hill South is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Elstree Road, WD6 Elstree Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Fir Tree Court, WD6 Fir Tree Court is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Fortune Lane, WD6 Fortune Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Fox Close, WD6 Fox Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Georges Mead, WD6 Georges Mead is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Grange Road, WD6 Grange Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Hadley Close, WD6 Hadley Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Ham Farm Cottage, WD6 Ham Farm Cottage is a location in London.
Hartfield Avenue, WD6 Hartfield Avenue is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Hartfield Close, WD6 Hartfield Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Hendon Urban Motorway, WD6 The M1 here opened in 1966 under the alternative name of the Hendon Urban Motorway.
High Street, WD6 High Street is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Hogg Lane, WD6 Hogg Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Hollywood Court, WD6 Hollywood Court was built in 1935.
Holt Close, WD6 Holt Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Knowl Park, WD6 Knowl Park is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Knowl Way, WD6 Knowl Way is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Lakeside Court, WD6 This is a street in the WD6 postcode area
Land’s End, WD6 Lands End is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Lands End, WD6 Lands End is a location in London.
Links Drive, WD6 Links Drive is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Lismarrine Industrial Park, WD6 Lismarrine Industrial Park is a location in London.
Lodge Avenue, WD6 Lodge Avenue is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Lowther Close, WD6 Lowther Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
May Gardens, WD6 May Gardens is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Nash Close, WD6 Nash Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
New Road, WD6 New Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Nicholas Road, WD6 Nicholas Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
North Medburn Farm, WD6 North Medburn Farm is a location in London.
Orchard Close, WD6 Orchard Close is a cul-de-sac off of Links Drive.
Park Crescent, WD6 Park Crescent is a road in the WD6 postcode area
PO Box 4, WD6, 3 is a location in London.
Potters Mews, WD6 Potters Mews is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Rodgers Close, WD6 This is a street in the WD6 postcode area
Romeland, WD6 Romeland is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Schubert Road, WD6 This is an article about Schubert Road.
Sheraton Close, WD6 Sheraton Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Shiremead, WD6 This is a street in the WD6 postcode area
Shiremeade, WD6 Shiremeade is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Slades Farm, WD6 Slades Farm is a location in London.
St. Marys Terrace, WD6 St. Marys Terrace is a location in London.
St. Nicholas Close, WD6 St. Nicholas Close leads past the church of the same name down to the school of the same name.
Sullivan Way, WD6 Sullivan Way is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Summer Grove, WD6 Summer Grove is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Summer Hill, WD6 Summer Hill is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Tauber Close, WD6 Tauber Close is a small cul-de-sac off of Allum Lane.
The Bartons, WD6 The Bartons is a road in the WD6 postcode area
The Orchard, WD6 The Orchard is a road in the WD6 postcode area
The Rise, WD6 The Rise is a road in the WD6 postcode area
The Stablings, WD6 The Stablings is a location in London.
The Waterfront, WD6 The Waterfront is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Tykeswater Lane, WD6 Tykeswater Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Tylers Way, WD6 Tylers Way is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Wards Lane, WD6 Wards Lane is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Watford Road, WD6 Watford Road is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Watling Court, WD6 Watling Court is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Watling Farm Close, WD6 Watling Farm Close is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Watling Houses, WD6 Watling Houses is a location in London.
Watling Street, WD6 Watling Street is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Webber Close, WD6 Webber Close is a location in London.
Wentworth Avenue, WD6 Wentworth Avenue is a road in the WD6 postcode area
West View Gardens, WD6 West View Gardens is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Westview Court, WD6 This is a street in the WD6 postcode area
Willow Green, WD6 This is a street in the WD6 postcode area
Woodside, WD6 Woodside is a road in the WD6 postcode area
Yew Tree Court, WD6 Yew Tree Court is a road in the WD6 postcode area

THE PUBS OF ELSTREE
Red Lion Hotel The Red Lion Hotel stood on the east side of the High Street on the corner of Barnet Lane.
The Artichoke The Artichoke was a pub on Elstree Hill North until about 2012.
The Green Dragon The Green Dragon was situated at 12-15 High Street, Elstree.
The Holly Bush The Holly Bush was an Elstree pub.
The Plough The Plough was a pub next to Elstree crossroads.


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The Artichoke
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The Red Lion about 1900
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In the neighbourhood...

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Elstree South tube station Part of the Northern Heights plan, this did not come to fruition. Its proposed land became instead the site for Aldenham Bus Works where buses were fitted out and notably, Cliff Richard planned his "Summer Holiday"
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The Artichoke
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The Red Lion about 1900
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From a film of the 1936 Jarrow March. This is photographed somewhere near the later Aldenham Bus Works/Brockley Hill
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