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In 1926, Producer Archibald Nettlefold purchased the defunct Cecil Hepworth studio Walton-on-Thames and changed the name to Nettlefold Studios. He brought his production company, Anglia Films, which he had founded in 1923 and contracted with Butchers Film Service for distribution.

In 1930, Nettlefold installed sound equipment and leased the studios out to independent production companies. Like other smaller British studios, Nettlefold quickly became a location for independent producers to make quota quickies. These were backed by American production companies who had hundreds of films to unload and couldn't unless they shared the bill with a British film.

By 1932, Nettlefold claimed to be the first British studio to install the new high-fidelity recording system, making it very popular to American studios like Paramount and United Artists.

In 1937, Nettlefold bought The Croft, which was an adjacent property and built a new stage and new sound stage.

At the beginning of World War II, the Ministry of Works requisitioned Nettlefold, along with many other British studios, to help with the war effort. Nettlefold was used by Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft as a factory to supply parts since aircraft factories were a prime target for bombing. Vickers-Armstrong build 2 hangars on the property which were used for filming after the war.

Archibald Nettlefold died in 1944 during the war. After the war ended, the Nettlefold estate sold the property to Ernest G. Roy who re-opened it in 1947 boasting 3 sound stages.

Operations resumed with leasing the studios out to independent production companies and remained steady until they fell victim to the declining market primarily due to the influx of television in the 1950s.

Nettlefold closed their doors in 1961 and the buildings demolished.

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