Borehamwood, Theobald Street c.1955

Borehamwood, Theobald Street c.1955

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A surviving glimpse of rural Borehamwood before the rash of new building swamped these remnants of village life. Next to the car park of the Crown public house on the right, the creeper-covered cottage advertises the services of the local coal and coke merchant J W Roberts. Ascending the hill into the distance are some of the descendants of the trees of ancient Baram Wood.

Memories of Borehamwood, Theobald Street c1955

1948 To 1965

My name is Margaret Saunders. I was born at 3 Theobald Street, but at sometime we moved to 18a Theobald Street. I went to Furzehill Infant and Junior schools, then on to Lyndhurst. We lived over the shop that was the stationers, owned by Mr & Mrs Feeley; next door to that was Tompkins the butchers and then Freestones, the bakers. On the other side of the stationers, was a grocers and the hairdressers. At the back of the shops were small gardens and garages, the bakery and the butchers cold store. Just across the road was the garage, the lane between them, and a white building which was the storage area for the stationers, and where my dad parked his car which lead to the butcher's poultry yard. After the bakers there ...Read full memory

The Beatles

I remember when The Beatles came to The Wood in 1963 to record the Morecambe & Wise show at the ATV Studios off Eldon Avenue. Me & a couple of mates from school (Holmshill) played truant to wait at the back of Studio Gates off Shenley Road to try and catch a glimpse. After waiting a few hours it got to lunch time so we wandered up to Shenley Road for a bite, and there was John & Paul just walking along by Woolies! I had a copy of the current Beatles Monthly magazine and got them both to sign the cover. Guess what, some years later I must have binned it with the rest of the collection - what would that be worth now! What a dope. But an amazing experience talking to them. Was well worth the trouble I got into at school the next day, Mr Heaton the Head was not impressed one bit.

A memory of Borehamwood

The War Memorial.

Just a few years after this photograph was taken they moved the war memorial to the junction of Theobald Street and Shenley Road; almost to the spot where this photographer was standing. I was a cub scout with our meeting room in Station Road opposite, and spent many an evening kicking the gravel around the memorial. For some unknown reason my grandmother always refered to 'Tibble Street'.

A memory of Borehamwood by John Gates


I was born in Cardinal Avenue before my village changed completely, I went to the nursery which was 2 big buildings opposite Cardinal Avenue in a piece of scrub land, behind that was the park and library and behind that was the Rock film studio which now presents 'East Enders'. There were 2 other film studios, one was the MGM where 'Cleopatra' (with Liz Taylor & Burton) was made plus many other good films of the day, it stood where the cold storage is now in the Elstree Way, the other one was where Tesco's is, it was first called the ABPC (Associated British Picture Corporation), this was where the legendery 'Moby Dick' with Gregory Peck as lead star and later the 'Saint' series for T.V.with Roger Moore was made, again ...Read full memory

A memory of Borehamwood

My Street 1959 To 1977

I lived in Theobald Street (no 194) from the age of 7 in 1959 until 1977, and my parents lived there further until 1984. I often used to walk from the Village (as we called the town centre) home at the top on the right was a pub called the Crown and next door to that another pub called the Wellington. On the opposite side of the road was a barbers shop called H Battle and next to that a coal yard which was called Ranges this was later taken over by Charringtons. Further down about 100 yards was a dairy and then after that was just houses on both sides for about a mile. After that they thinned out for about another mile and a half and then you were in Radlett.

A memory of Borehamwood by Eric Oliver
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