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Pencil drawing of
Pencil drawing of "An Old Gentleman Reading, 1951", by John Frye Bourne
Recent donation to the Society's collection of work by local artists
The Lost Diaries and Accounts of Sir John Bennet Lawes
The Lost Diaries and Accounts of Sir John Bennet Lawes
Report of a talk by John Jenkyn on 25 May 2010
Rewi Alley's tribute to George Hogg in 1945
Rewi Alley's tribute to George Hogg in 1945
Dr. A. H. Watts quotes Alley's poem in his Headmaster's Report on The War Years
51 Milton Road
51 Milton Road
A wonderful family home in the 1950s
Changing Times - Harpenden 1981 and now
Changing Times - Harpenden 1981 and now
Report of a talk by Cllr Mary Maynard on 28 November 2017
The Anscombe family
The Anscombe family
A few references to the family of the founders of Harpenden's department store
Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
from Station Road to Leyton Road
St John's School
St John's School
Class of 1950 or 1951
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War Memorials in Harpenden Churches
War Memorials in Harpenden Churches
St Nicholas and High St Methodist
New Roll of Honour At Harpenden Church - 1939 "To replace the old Roll of...
By Diana Parrott
On 18/09/2018
Coldharbour and Westfield
Coldharbour and Westfield
A short survey from Roman times to the 1990s
Thanks for sharing this information Colin. I am Harold’s great grandson...
By Chris Randall
On 18/09/2018
Ridge House
Ridge House
Home of Jesse Catton - and the growth of the Ridge estate
Mrs Susan Catton left The Ridge shortly after 1952. She moved to 2 Roundwood...
By John Wyborn
On 18/09/2018
Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
from Station Road to Leyton Road
On 14 September 1936, soon after Gaskins opened in Leyton Road, Harpenden Urban...
By Rosemary Ross
On 04/09/2018
Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
From London's East End to the Wilds of Hertfordshire
I was in the home with my sisters Lorna and Celene. I noticed a post from 2012...
By Dionne Lavender-Davies
On 04/09/2018
Hardenwick School
Hardenwick School
Private Preparatory school for boys, Wordsworth Road 1898-1966
I remember Ivory (mentioned above), who I boxed around 1952, gaining a draw,...
By Gavin Rowe
On 04/09/2018
Ridge House
Ridge House
Home of Jesse Catton - and the growth of the Ridge estate
A small correction: I have been here in 14 Mayfield Close since new in August...
By David Veltom
On 21/08/2018
Moreton End School
Moreton End School
Compiled from the prospectus and notes in our archives
I too was a pupil at Morton End in the early 50's and also underwent the...
By Anthony Singleton
On 21/08/2018
Leyton Hall
Leyton Hall
"A spacious and comfortable hall"
Leyton Hall took over the functions of the demolished Vaughan Hall in lower...
By Rosemary Ross
On 31/07/2018
Coldharbour and Westfield
Coldharbour and Westfield
A short survey from Roman times to the 1990s
My name is Colin Brown, son of Edna Carter who was one of three daughters of...
By Colin Brown
On 31/07/2018
Crowded Schools at Harpenden.
Crowded Schools at Harpenden.
"Unsuited to present-day requirements" - Trains make teaching difficult: School Managers' complaint to County Council.
The craft block was still being used up until the mid sixties to my knowledge...
By Bob Brunton
On 24/07/2018
The First Geophysical Survey to help establish Batford's History: March 2015
The First Geophysical Survey to help establish Batford's History: March 2015
Traces of early settlement, needing urgent further survey
I noted the last section regarding the ground structure vibrational response...
By Roger Traynor
On 24/07/2018