Businesses, trades, employment

The early farming community was supported by many craftsmen and businesses - from brewers and carpenters to tanners and wheelwrights. The range of businesses has expanded over the centuries: some survive in name alone (Anvil House, High Street) and some survived by adapting to changing needs (Ogglesbys).  Professional and scientific institutions also contribute to employment in Harpenden.

Page link: A history of 'The Almagam'
A history of 'The Almagam'
Heavy duty hoses made in Batford
Page link: Claygate Orchards
Claygate Orchards
From Harpenden Free Press, March 1955
Page link: Creekmouth Village
Creekmouth Village
Built by John Bennet Lawes for workers at his Chemical Factory on the Thames
Page link: F.P.& C. SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
F.P.& C. SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
A firm settles into Harpenden in 1939 for the war years
Page link: Harpenden's Post Office
Harpenden's Post Office
Expansion and contraction over more than 160 years
Page link: Luton Road Sub-Post Office
Luton Road Sub-Post Office
The Johnson Family
Page link: Oggelsby's - the Blacksmiths at Southdown
Oggelsby's - the Blacksmiths at Southdown
My boyhood memories of the 1890s and 1900s
Page link: Oggelsby's Centenary - 1873 to 1973
Oggelsby's Centenary - 1873 to 1973
A family's history in the transportation business
Page link: Ox Lane Nurseries
Ox Lane Nurseries
Extract from Miss C.M. Clutterbuck's "Manland" Scrapbook, 1980s
Page link: Reads' Motors
Reads' Motors
Successful business founded by Charles and William Read in 1921
Page link: Stained Glass in Harpenden - Geoffrey Harper's contribution
Stained Glass in Harpenden - Geoffrey Harper's contribution
Review of "A Life in Glass - Portrait of a Stained Glass Artist" by Francesca Stevens
Page link: Straw plaiting and bonnet making tools
Straw plaiting and bonnet making tools
From our Archive collection
Page link: The Park Stables
The Park Stables
A Brief History
Page link: William Sparrow, Harpenden builder
William Sparrow, Harpenden builder
and Patentee in 1888
Page link: Apprenticeship in 1911
Apprenticeship in 1911
Henry Edgar Salisbury - Master : Arthur Cecil Chalkley - Apprentice
Page link: Basket Making at Batford
Basket Making at Batford
Willow canes were specially planted near the River Lea downstream from Batford Mill
Page link: 125 years of Barclays Bank
125 years of Barclays Bank
Harpenden's Barclays Bank - from Jubilee to Jubilee
Page link: Batford Mill - 1850s and 1860s
Batford Mill - 1850s and 1860s
William Freelove Divers - Miller
Page link: Businesses in Bowling Alley & Southdown
Businesses in Bowling Alley & Southdown
From the mid 19th century to the 1990s
Page link: Croft Nurseries, MacDonald, father and sons
Croft Nurseries, MacDonald, father and sons
Turf specialists at 29 Station Road
Page link: Edwin Richard Billingham 1870-1961
Edwin Richard Billingham 1870-1961
Owner of a music shop in Station Road
Page link: Electrocult Ltd
Electrocult Ltd
Manufacturers of soil sterilizers
Page link: George Coburn and Sons
George Coburn and Sons
Builder, Cowper Road
Page link: Green Lawns, Kinsbourne Green
Green Lawns, Kinsbourne Green
Garage and Country Club from 1920 to the 1940s
Page link: Harpenden Breweries
Harpenden Breweries
Two side by side in the nineteen century High Street
Page link: Hawes & Harris, stained glass window makers
Hawes & Harris, stained glass window makers
Harpenden craftsmen made RAF memorial windows in Westminster Abbey
Page link: Heathfield Works
Heathfield Works
Industrial site by Harpenden Common
Page link: Inn on the Green
Inn on the Green
From hardware shop to pub in 100 years
Page link: Jarvis the Builder
Jarvis the Builder
13 Vaughan Road - 1909-1974
Page link: Putterills' Garage
Putterills' Garage
Early High Street Photo
Page link: The Dunkley Family (Harpenden Blacksmiths)
The Dunkley Family (Harpenden Blacksmiths)
From Sheepskin Hall on the Common to New Zealand
Page link: The Elliott 401 Computer at Rothamsted
The Elliott 401 Computer at Rothamsted
First electronic computer in civilian research
Page link: The Harpenden Ink Factory
The Harpenden Ink Factory
at 70 Station Road - now Kinloch Court
Page link: The History of Paper Mills in Hertfordshire
The History of Paper Mills in Hertfordshire
Pickford 1775 (on the Lea in Batford)
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: The making of Vaughan Road
The making of Vaughan Road
Demolitions in the 1890s to open up the new road
Page link: The Pathology Labs
The Pathology Labs
Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries labs at Hatching Green
Page link: The Putterill family
The Putterill family
Founders of garage and timber businesses
Page link: Watercress Beds
Watercress Beds
Beds fed by springs alongside the River Lea
Page link: Waverley Mills
Waverley Mills
Letter by Miss J Lawrence