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Visit from The Mayor of Offenburg

Monday 8 May 2023

We recently had a visit from Marco Steffens, the Mayor of Offenburg, one of our twin towns. Here he is second left with Clive and Elaine Butchins, Museum Trustees and Maddie Hipperson, volunteer extraordinaire in the middle.  Accompanying the Mayor was Charles Kelly former mayor of Borehamwood and current chair of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary on the left in our picture.

The Plough in Elstree

Monday 1 May 2023

For #MemoriesMonday this week, it's good to return to this famous local hostelry. Back in the news because of plans to refurbish it and reopen as a pub after 7 years of neglect.  So here are just a few of our many photos of the original Plough over the years. 

First known as The Swan it was established in 1637, and became The Plough in the mid 1700s. Thomas Clutterbuck, brewer of Stanmore and owner of the HollyBush, the Artichoke and the Crown in Boreham Wood, took over ownership in around 1816 when it was occupied by James Pegler.  The inn was a coaching stop en route to and from London, and from about 1830 it became fronted in yellow brick when the present building was constructed. It had many publicans over the years, and became a stop for cars, charabancs and cyclists on Watling Street.

It became the regular for many stars from the studios who lived or rented along Barnet Lane, and Alfred Hitchcock was a well-known imbiber there in the 1930s. After The Plough closed it became an Italian restaurant, but that didn't last either, and it has been closed for too long.  One photo shows local historian Stephen Castle with the horse mounting block still in place outside the pub.  I wonder if any of the pub visitors missed their footing while mounting their horses after a night in the snug!  Let's hope the refurbishment keeps this unique feature.

International Women From Boreham Wood

Wednesday 8 March 2023

To celebrate International Women's Day (#IWD) this Wednesday we have two notable ladies who were brought up in Boreham Wood and who became famous in their respective careers.


Joyce Richards was the first British woman canoeist to take part in the Olympic Games in 1948. Living in Drayton Road and teaching PE at Watford Grammar School for Girls she was asked to canoe for England and so practiced regularly on Aldenham Reservoir.  She qualified for the Games and competed against 8 foreign canoeists.  She didn't win a medal, but flew the flag for England and Boreham Wood.


Dana Wynter was born Dagmar Winter in Berlin in 1931, but brought up in Boreham Wood where her father, Dr Peter Winter, practiced.  She had a long and productive career as an actress on stage, film and tv. Her most famous film is Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but she made many tv appearances in the 70s and 80s.  Living in California and Ireland, she left Boreham Wood behind, though filming at MGM and BPI before leaving for the USA in 1953.

Memories of Allum Hall

Monday 20 February 2023

For #MemoriesMonday we are thinking about Allum Hall and wondering what your memories are. The current house was remodelled from an earlier building in the 1880s, and Dame Anna Neagle led the fund-raising for the purchase of Allum Manor for the community in the 1950s.  Many stars from Associated British Picture Corporation, including Audrey Hepburn, helped with the cause.  Eventually a new Hall was built next to the Manor and opened in 1998 following a grant from Hertsmere of £2.5 million.  The photo is supposed to show the opening of the Manor, but we don't know who the lady is or when the photo was taken.  Maybe you do?  Looking forward to your memories.


The Story of 96 Shenley Road, Part 4

Monday 6 February 2023

On #MemoriesMonday we reach our last part of the story of 96 Shenley Road, the home of the Museum. The old Village Hall was demolished and the current building raised in 2013 and opened in November of that year.  The pictures tell the story :

The Story of 96 Shenley Road, Part 3

Monday 23 January 2023

This week on #MemoriesMonday we are revisiting the Village Hall, inside and out. The subject of many of our blogs and posts, it always arouses memories from everyone who reads them. However, the Hall was not going to stay like that forever as we shall see next week because '96' would rise on the same spot a mere 10 years ago.

The WI meet in the Village Hall in the 1950s

Jumble Sale in the Village Hall in the 1980s

The Story of 96 Shenley Road, Part 2

Monday 16 January 2023

Here's another photo of Shenley Road featuring All Saints and the trees surrounding the Village Hall.  Next week we get to the Hall itself, long before 96 was built. #MemoriesMonday

Is It Really Ten Years?

Tuesday 10 January 2023

This year is the tenth anniversary of the Elstree & Borehamwood Museum being opened in 96 Shenley Road. We all know that the Village Hall was there before the new building, but do you know what was there before the Hall?  Here's a photo of a bit further down Shenley Road showing the normal houses, pre-shops and offices and pre-Hall. We don't have a date for this photo, but you get the idea. Next week we have more photos before the grand '96' rebuild.  #MemoriesMonday

Christmas Cards Advent Calendar : Day 24 : Saturday 24 December

Saturday 24 December 2022

Today's card inside our Advent Calendar is "Xmas Bazaar in the Village Hall"

And Happy Christmas and New Year Greetings from all the volunteers at Elstree & Borehamwood Museum!

Christmas Cards Advent Calendar : Day 23 : Friday 23 December

Friday 23 December 2022

Today's card inside our Advent Calendar is "Boreham Wood In The Snow"

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