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: Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
Bill Gaskin - Harpenden hairdresser
from Station Road to Leyton Road
Page link: Brauer's of Harpenden
Brauer's of Harpenden
The success story of a local industry
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: Loss of a Family Friend
Loss of a Family Friend
End of the NatWest Bank in Harpenden
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: T Simons Wine and Spirit Merchant
T Simons Wine and Spirit Merchant
Tracing the story of a storage jar
Page link: The History behind Numbers 24 and 26 Station Road
The History behind Numbers 24 and 26 Station Road
Taken from documents in LHS Archives donated by The Anscombe Family
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: Wilson Brothers garage, Southdown
Wilson Brothers garage, Southdown
From sheds to Southdown Industrial Estate
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