Last Alteration: Sunday 07 April 2013

BBC Elstree

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51°39'31"-00°16'39" show decimal

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BBC Elstree
Clarendon Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, WD6 1JF

Clarendon Road Studios was opened by the Neptune Film Company in 1914. It went through a number of owners (and used by the Government during WWII), until finally bought by Lew Grade in 1962. The BBC bought it in 1984, and it is probably best known as the location of Albert Square for the BBC soap Eastenders.

Feb 2008: the Eastenders set at Elstree is likley to be demolished when the programme transfers to being filmed in High Definition at Pinewood. See the Times article below for more details.

How to get here:

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Rail: Elstree & Borehamwood - Turn right out of the station and walk east along Shenley Road until you come to Clarendon Road on the left-hand side. +

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Road: A1 - Take the A1 to Elstree, exiting and heading west on the A5135. Once past the one way section and the following roundabout, Clarendon Road will be on the right-hand side. +

Parking Details

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This location is private and has no or limited access only. The studios are private, only the gates are publicly accessible. There are occasional special tours, details would be found on the BBC website.

 

Access: privateStatus: unknownMain Gate

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Photograph taken: 1st January 2001 by Mitchell Sandler

Dimensions in Time (1-2)
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Filmed: 22-23 Sep 1993
The east-end of London

 

Additional Notes:

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Dimensions in Time was filmed on the outside set of Eastenders.

Other nearby locations:

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Grim's Dyke Hotel (The Evil of the Daleks). Road (5.4 miles, 23m) : Turn right out of Clarendon Road and continue along the B5378 until you reach its end; turn left towards Elstree and then turn right onto the A411 towards the A41. Continue past the A41, and then turn left onto the A409. Once through Bushey Heath the road becomes Common Road, and then at the traffic lights (near The Hare pub) turn right onto Old Redding. The hotel will be on the right-hand side. Parking hotel car park

Additional locations as the crow flies:

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Trent Park (Mawdryn Undead): 5.51 miles.

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Rickmansworth Road (A412) (The Hand of Fear): 6.35 miles.

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Engineer's Way (The Dalek Invasion of Earth): 6.92 miles.

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Third Way (The Dalek Invasion of Earth): 7.02 miles.

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David Lloyd Centre (creche) (Survival): 7.51 miles.

Further links about the location:

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18 Feb 2008: The Times - "Sets too shabby for latest TVs force EastEnders out of town"

Related Stories

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Dimensions in Time [22-23 Sep 1993]: The Doctors and companions are trapped in Albert Square...

Related Studio Stories

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