Elstree & Borehamwood: Tinseltown’s less glamorous movie twin put EastEnders, Star Wars and Indiana Jones on the map

Within commuting distance for me, too. 🙂

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All Saints Church on Borehamwood’s high street is a short walk from the EastEnders set (Picture: supplied) All Saints Church on Borehamwood’s high street is a short walk from the EastEnders set (Picture: supplied)

Elstree & Borehamwood are interchangeable names for what’s become a popular commuter town just inside the Hertfordshire borders.

Although the two parts have merged into one, Elstree, separated from Borehamwood by a railway bridge, is far older. Roman road Watling Street passes through, and it contains a few medieval buildings and plenty of delectable Victorian cottages.

The grandest property is late 17th-century Aldenham House. In 1843, this was inherited by Henry Hucks Gibbs, a former governor of the Bank of England.

He passed it to his son, who transformed the grounds into fabulous gardens, boasting the largest privately owned collection of plants and shrubs in the world. The botanical collection was auctioned after his death in 1932 and the house now belongs to top independent school The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School – Habs for…

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