People

People featured here may not have been known outside a small circle in the community, or may have a national or international reputation.  As this section grows we will divide it into subcategories.  Harpenden has nurtured artists, writers, musicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, sportsmen and women, teachers and many who can't be 'labelled'.  Some spent their life here; some came and went.

Listed alphabetically by surname - though the most recently added may be near the top of the list.

Artists and Scientists are grouped together at the top of the list.

Category link: Scientists
Scientists
John Bennet Lawes and Rothamsted
Page link: Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Successor to Dr Blake of Bower's House
Page link: George and Ellen Roome of Cravells Road
George and Ellen Roome of Cravells Road
My grandparents photographed in 1893
Page link: Harry Knight's Memories of Harpenden before 1914
Harry Knight's Memories of Harpenden before 1914
Written at the age of 100 in 1979
Page link: More celebrations of George Hogg and the Gung Ho movement in China - September 2016
More celebrations of George Hogg and the Gung Ho movement in China - September 2016
Relatives and the Chinese President's brother visit his grave
Page link: Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sportsman, Sculptor, Edwardian Lord of Rothamsted Manor
Page link: Sir Edward Salisbury and Chrystel Lebas
Sir Edward Salisbury and Chrystel Lebas
Exhibition in Amsterdam of landscape and botanical photos across a century of change
Page link: The Diary of a Visit to Harpenden in 1962
The Diary of a Visit to Harpenden in 1962
Abel Banwell visits his sister and brother 50 years after emigrating to Australia
Page link: Winifred Brenchley OBE, DSc (Lond), FLS, FRES (1883 - 1953)
Winifred Brenchley OBE, DSc (Lond), FLS, FRES (1883 - 1953)
A pioneering woman agricultural scientist
Page link: Harpenden's MPs
Harpenden's MPs
Changing constituencies
Page link: My WWII - What it was like for me, Peter Rayner
My WWII - What it was like for me, Peter Rayner
by Peter Alan Rayner (8 December 1924 - 29 July 2007)
Page link: Charles Akrill (1840-1907)
Charles Akrill (1840-1907)
His name remembered in a place he probably never knew
Page link: Shepherd Arnold
Shepherd Arnold
Painted by Ernest Heasman and remembered by many
Page link: Dr William Henry Blake (1853-1933)
Dr William Henry Blake (1853-1933)
Harpenden physician from 1879-1920
Page link: Ursula Bloom, cinema pianist
Ursula Bloom, cinema pianist
Music maker for silent films at the White Palace cinema
Page link: Sir John Blundell Maple (1845-1903)
Sir John Blundell Maple (1845-1903)
A Harpenden Benefactor
Page link: Elizabeth Bowen - 1899-1973
Elizabeth Bowen - 1899-1973
School days at Harpenden Hall School for Girls, 1912-14
Page link: Eric Brandreth
Eric Brandreth
Late librarian and local historian
Page link: Quaker Wilfred H. Brown
Quaker Wilfred H. Brown
Are you a relation?
Page link: Cornelia Clutterbuck (1916 -1987), seen through her Scrapbook Diaries
Cornelia Clutterbuck (1916 -1987), seen through her Scrapbook Diaries
Observations on life in Harpenden, and on national and international events
Page link: Mary Constable - 1810-1912
Mary Constable - 1810-1912
The story of an old Harpenden inhabitant, born in Bowling Alley
Page link: John 'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham
John 'Cat's Eyes' Cunningham
Wartime and test pilot
Page link: Albert Edward Dines (Ted)
Albert Edward Dines (Ted)
A.E Dines in WWII at Singapore
Page link: The Dunkley Family (Harpenden Blacksmiths)
The Dunkley Family (Harpenden Blacksmiths)
From Sheepskin Hall on the Common to New Zealand
Page link: Percy English
Percy English
A lifetime of service
Page link: Commander in Care
Commander in Care
The Story of Percy English and Harpenden St John's Ambulance Brigade
Page link: Major Esterhazy -
Major Esterhazy - "Count de Voilement"
His life in Harpenden after the Dreyfus Affair - 1909 -1923
Page link: Captain G E Forsaith
Captain G E Forsaith
From Harpenden to Ferry Master, Sydney Harbour NSW
Page link: Judy Fryd
Judy Fryd
A short film about the founder of Mencap
Page link: The Haddens of Harpenden Lodge
The Haddens of Harpenden Lodge
Owners between 1804 and 1857
Page link: Frederick Arthur Harris - c1891-1962
Frederick Arthur Harris - c1891-1962
Clerk to Harpenden Urban District Council
Page link: Julius Harrison - 1885-1963
Julius Harrison - 1885-1963
Composer and Conductor
Page link: George Howard Herring - c.1891-1956
George Howard Herring - c.1891-1956
Architect and Chief Fire Officer for Harpenden
Page link: The Life and Times of Charles Hill
The Life and Times of Charles Hill
Talk by Susan Fairbairn, daughter of the late "Radio Doctor", on 25 February 2014
Page link: David Hinton - 1937-2011
David Hinton - 1937-2011
Tribute to our Website Administrator
Page link: Henry Tylston Hodgson of Welcombe
Henry Tylston Hodgson of Welcombe
His ancestors and descendents
Page link: Henry Tylston Hodgson - 1843-1918
Henry Tylston Hodgson - 1843-1918
A Harpenden benefactor
Page link: George Hogg and Gung Ho
George Hogg and Gung Ho
The Chinese Industrial Co-operative Movement from the 1930s
Page link: George Hogg - 1915-1945
George Hogg - 1915-1945
The President of China honours him as a hero of WWII
Page link: The Jarvis brothers - founders of a Harpenden building company
The Jarvis brothers - founders of a Harpenden building company
Ernest Charles Jarvis (1881-1966) & Frank H Jarvis (1886-1962)
Page link: Jim Jarvis (1920s - 2012)
Jim Jarvis (1920s - 2012)
Childhood at Gorselands
Page link: Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
Wife of Sir John Bennet Lawes
Page link: Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
A tribute by her husband
Page link: Terry Lightfoot
Terry Lightfoot
Jazz at the Three Horseshoes Pub.
Page link: The Lines Family in the Lea Valley
The Lines Family in the Lea Valley
Descendants of Emily Lines (b. 1875 in St Albans)
Page link: The Lydekkers of Harpenden Lodge - 1853-1979
The Lydekkers of Harpenden Lodge - 1853-1979
Three generations, and no direct descendents
Page link: The Lydekkers of Tollgate Cottage
The Lydekkers of Tollgate Cottage
Captain Arthur Lydekker - 1853-1935
Page link: Eric Meadows  (1924-2009)
Eric Meadows (1924-2009)
Man focused on capturing our heritage
Page link: Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
Harpenden resident from 1960-1984
Page link: Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
Parking his car
Page link: Dr Griffith Pugh - 1909-1994
Dr Griffith Pugh - 1909-1994
Obituary in The Independent, 27 January 1995
Page link: James Quilter Rumball (1795-1872)
James Quilter Rumball (1795-1872)
Phrenologist, and Medical Attendant at Harpenden Asylum
Page link: Adam Rutherford
Adam Rutherford
Institute of Pyramidology
Page link: Raphael Salaman - 1906-1993
Raphael Salaman - 1906-1993
Collector and Scholar of Craftmen's Tools
Page link: The Salisburys of Limbrick Hall
The Salisburys of Limbrick Hall
James Wright Salisbury and his family
Page link: Henry Salisbury - 1839-1923
Henry Salisbury - 1839-1923
Founder of Kingston House, builder, Methodist
Page link: The Samwells Family in Harpenden
The Samwells Family in Harpenden
Five generations - The Samwells Family and Descendants in Harpenden during the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries
Page link: Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
Local farmer who gave land for All Saints Church
Page link: Dr Frederick Robert Spackman (1820-1892)
Dr Frederick Robert Spackman (1820-1892)
Harpenden physician from c.1851-1891
Page link: Walter Steabben, 1847 - 1932
Walter Steabben, 1847 - 1932
Butcher, Church Green, Harpenden
Page link: Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Her years in Harpenden - 1868-1874
Page link: Frederick Thurston - 1854-1933
Frederick Thurston - 1854-1933
Photographer with a Studio in Harpenden
Page link: Edward Wilson (1872-1912), Explorer, Naturalist and Artist on Scott's Polar Expeditions
Edward Wilson (1872-1912), Explorer, Naturalist and Artist on Scott's Polar Expeditions
A talk to the Society by Dr. Isobel Williams at a meeting held on 29 April 2014.
Page link: I rang a doorbell in Colchester and a door opened in Harpenden.
I rang a doorbell in Colchester and a door opened in Harpenden.
Connected by Theodora Wilson. The serendipity of family history
Page link: Wittewronge connections in the seventeenth century
Wittewronge connections in the seventeenth century
Talk to the Society on 29 May 2012
Page link: Winifred (Freda) Wyborn - 1899-1990
Winifred (Freda) Wyborn - 1899-1990
Councillor for Harpenden East - 1964-1979