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 - so far Artists and Scientists. 

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: Harpenden's MPs
Harpenden's MPs
Changing constituencies
Page link: Geoffrey Ernest Ackroyd - 1930-2017
Geoffrey Ernest Ackroyd - 1930-2017
The last of the Ackroyd bakers
Page link: Extracts from the Memories of Mr Ernest Ackroyd - Batford, 1904-1914
Extracts from the Memories of Mr Ernest Ackroyd - Batford, 1904-1914
Taken from Ernest Ackroyd's Scrapbook in LHS Archives
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: 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: 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: 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: Quaker Wilfred H. Brown
Quaker Wilfred H. Brown
Are you a relation?
Page link: Les Casey - 1930 to 2017
Les Casey - 1930 to 2017
Revered teacher and tireless curator of Harpenden's history
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: Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Successor to Dr Blake of Bower's House
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: Dr Hester
Dr Hester
A patient's tribute
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 - 1915-1945
George Hogg - 1915-1945
The President of China honours him as a hero of WWII
Page link: Blades of Grass
Blades of Grass
A new biography of George Hogg by his nephew Mark Thomas
Page link: George Hogg and Gung Ho
George Hogg and Gung Ho
The Chinese Industrial Co-operative Movement from the 1930s
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: 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: The Kiff Family
The Kiff Family
One of the biggest families in Harpenden
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: 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: Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sportsman, Sculptor, Edwardian Lord of Rothamsted Manor
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 Lydekker Family, 1650-1983
The Lydekker Family, 1650-1983
From Dutch origins to residence in Harpenden from 1857
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: 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: George and Ellen Roome of Cravells Road
George and Ellen Roome of Cravells Road
My grandparents photographed in 1893
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: 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: 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