27A Theobald Street

Address in/near Borehamwood, existing between 1896 and now.

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JUNE
8
2017
27a Theobald Street was once Boreham Wood’s first purpose-built school.

Since the introduction of the Education Act in 1870, making it compulsory for children under the age of ten to go to school, another building down the road at number 35 Theobald Street had been used as a temporary infants’ school for the area.

Boreham Wood was not a parish in its own right until later and so the area did not have a junior school of its own. Older pupils had to walk to the Elstree National School or Medburn Boys’ School, which was on the route to Radlett."

But in 1896, the building, which still stands at 27a Theobald Street, was erected. It is thought to have been constructed using bricks mined from a quarry off Deacons Hill Road, in Elstree.

At its peak, the school took up to 66 pupils. With the building being so small in structure, classes were divided, with a screen partition used in the middle of the room.

The building was also used by the Town Council for meetings in the early 20th century.

Pupil numbers had dwindled to just 43 by 1912, as Furzehill School, in Furzehill Road, was built that year. The new school provided education for juniors as well as infants in the rapidly-increasing population. The school at 27a officially closed in 1917, having acted as a feeder school to its successor.

27a was used as a blacksmith’s during the Twenties. In the Thirties, it became a functional aid to the area’s film history when it housed a two-pump petrol station, principally serving the film studios. It was also used as a cab hire firm.

In more recent times, the building has been used by a skip firm and as a film prop workshop.
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Irene Smith   
Added: 30 Jun 2017 15:46 GMT   

Keystone Passage, WD6
My mother worked at Keystones in the 1940s 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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Added: 13 Jun 2024 00:03 GMT   

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Paul Harris    
Added: 12 Jun 2024 12:54 GMT   

Ellen Place, E1
My mother’s father and his family lived at 31 Ellen Place London E1 have a copy of the 1911 census showing this

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Did anyone live at Toll Gate Close, which was built in the area where the baths had been?

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Tony Whipple   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 21:35 GMT   

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Theresa Penney   
Added: 16 Apr 2024 18:08 GMT   

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My 2 x great grandparents and his family lived here according to the 1841 census. They were Dutch Ashkenazi Jews born in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century but all their children were born in Spitalfields.

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Wendy    
Added: 22 Mar 2024 15:33 GMT   

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Theobald Street, looking north
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Fox and Clark’ Furniture Shop (1905)
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Aberford Park lake
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Elstree Manor House
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Boreham Wood Baptist Church
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Meryfield crest
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Brickfield Cottages, Boreham Wood
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Theobald Street, looking north
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Fox and Clark’ Furniture Shop (1905)
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General store (1940s) Situated opposite Drayton Road, Borehamwood this general store seemed to sell just about anything from pots & pans to needles & thread.
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Watercolour of the lower part of Theobald Street.
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Napoleon’s Death Mask, made in 1821 by Barham House resident, Francis Burton M.D., the uncle of explorer Richard Francis Burton
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Elstree Manor House
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Locals diving from the aqueduct of the former Elstree Brickfields (1940s)
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Junction of Shenley Road and Drayton Road (1930s)
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Boreham Wood Baptist Church
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"Hillside" - also known as "Barham House".
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