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Elstree is a village in the Hertsmeremarker borough of Hertfordshiremarker on the A5, north of Londonmarker. It forms part of the civil parish of Elstree and Borehamwoodmarker (originally known simply as the parish of Elstree). Elstree is in the Greater London Urban Areamarker.

The nearest railway station is Elstree & Borehamwoodmarker. The names of Elstree and Borehamwood can be used interchangeably to a certain extent. The area of Borehamwood to the west of the railway line, formally Deacon's Hillmarker, is colloquially called Elstree even though it is not contiguous with the village.

There was an Elstree Rural Districtmarker from 1941 to 1974.

It is most famous for giving its name to the Elstree Film Studiosmarker where a number of famous British films were made. The TV soap opera EastEnders is filmed at the BBC's Elstree Studios, but these, too, are in nearby Borehamwood. Elstree studios have been the home of the Big Brother UK house since series 3. It was announced that in 2008 the house will be moved elsewhere for the foreseeable future, however, the plan to move house will not go ahead now.

Nearby Aldenham Country Parkmarker is both a recreational facility and a breeding centre for rare livestock.

In 1779, Martha Ray (c. 1742–1779), singer and mistress of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was buried in the parish church after she had been shot dead by the Rev. James Hackman, Rector of Wivetonmarker in Norfolk.

In the nineteenth century Elstree became notorious for the Elstree murder.

Elstree Aerodromemarker has a paved 656 metre runway, suitable for light aircraft use.

London Transports large Aldenham Works was sited on the edge of Elstree close to the A41, it was demolished in 1996 and is now a large business park.


Elstree is home to Aldenham Schoolmarker and Haberdashers' Aske'smarker school and Yavneh College

Elstree Schoolmarker, a boys' preparatory school was initially situated in Elstree; however it relocated to its current site in Woolhamptonmarker, Berkshire during the Second World War.

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References by media and the arts

  • Elstree is replicated as a part of one of three maps is based in the game Urban Dead. The "Borehamwoodmarker" map was released as part of the promotional campaign for the release of British writer Charlie Brooker's Dead Set.
  • "Elstree" is also the title of a song about the film studio by The Buggles on their 1979 album The Age of Plastic.

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