Public Houses, Inns and Bars

In 1900 there were 31 public houses in Harpenden. 21 of them were still in existence in 2003, but the distinction between pubs, bars and restaurants is becoming more blurred.  There is no easy answer to "which is the oldest pub in Harpenden?"  The oldest recorded inn is The George, mentioned in the will of John Lawdry of Lamer in 1507, but it is not known if it was on the present site.  A Cock Inn was mentioned in 1639, but where it was is uncertain.  The Old Bell, Cock, Cross Keys, George, Sun and White Hart exchanged names and possibly sites with bewildering frequency.  The Old House in Leyton Road is the oldest inn building in Harpenden: it was called The Bull in 1596, though it changed its name over the years, it was The Bull again from around 1719 until it became a private house in the 1860s. 

This section will cover the 'lost' pubs as well as the thriving survivors.

Page link: Ernest Heasman's paintings of Hatching Green
Ernest Heasman's paintings of Hatching Green
Donated to The White Horse by Ian Taylor
Page link: Harpenden Breweries
Harpenden Breweries
Two side by side in the nineteen century High Street
Page link: Inn on the Green
Inn on the Green
From hardware shop to pub in 100 years
Page link: Railway Hotel - Harpenden Arms
Railway Hotel - Harpenden Arms
Marked the arrival of the Midland line to St Pancras
Page link: The (Old) Red Lion
The (Old) Red Lion
One of Harpenden's older pub names
Page link: The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys
Formerly The White Hart
Page link: The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
Photographs donated to the Society
Page link: The Old Cock
The Old Cock
A pub in different locations since 1639
Page link: The Rose & Crown - GONE
The Rose & Crown - GONE
Demolition completed on 30 April 2015
Page link: The White Lion
The White Lion
Distinguished by its Sign
Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 1
'Lost' pubs - 1
The afterlife of former pubs - High Street to Kinsbourne Green
Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 2
'Lost' pubs - 2
The afterlife of pubs and ale houses in West Common and Bowling Alley
Page link: Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
Local farmer who gave land for All Saints Church
Page link: The Foresters Arms
The Foresters Arms
Linked with the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society
Page link: The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
and the Silver Cup Pond
Page link: The White Horse Inn
The White Horse Inn
Hatching Green