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: From Victorian Beerhouse to Traditional Public House
From Victorian Beerhouse to Traditional Public House
By Rosemary Ross
On 26/11/2020
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Page link: Giacomo Finaldo commits a crime at Old Rosen, St Albans Road, in 1858
Giacomo Finaldo commits a crime at Old Rosen, St Albans Road, in 1858
By Rosemary Ross
On 22/09/2015
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Page link: Harpenden Breweries
Harpenden Breweries
By Diana Parrott
On 14/05/2013
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Page link: Hatching Green
Hatching Green
By Chris Halsey
On 10/12/2020
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Page link: Inn on the Green
Inn on the Green
By Rosemary Ross
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Page link: Railway Hotel - Harpenden Arms
Railway Hotel - Harpenden Arms
By Rosemary Ross
On 01/04/2013
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Page link: The (Old) Red Lion
The (Old) Red Lion
By Rosemary Ross
On 30/03/2013
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Page link: The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys
By Rosemary Ross
On 31/03/2013
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Page link: The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
By Rosemary Ross
On 20/07/2014
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Page link: The Old Cock
The Old Cock
By Rosemary Ross
On 31/03/2013
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Page link: The Old House, formerly The Bull
The Old House, formerly The Bull
By Rosemary Ross
On 01/04/2013
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Page link: The Rose & Crown - GONE
The Rose & Crown - GONE
By Steve Wilkinson
On 30/04/2015
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Page link: The White Lion
The White Lion
By Rosemary Ross
On 31/03/2013
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Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 1
'Lost' pubs - 1
By Rosemary Ross
On 15/03/2011
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Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 2
'Lost' pubs - 2
By Rosemary Ross
On 15/03/2011
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Page link: Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
Dolphin Smith - 1879 - 1956
By John Wassell
On 16/02/2012
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Page link: The Foresters Arms
The Foresters Arms
By Rosemary Ross
On 05/03/2013
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Page link: The Plough And Harrow
The Plough And Harrow
By Tyler Nash
On 09/02/2012
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Page link: The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
By Rosemary Ross
On 05/03/2013
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Page link: The White Horse Inn
The White Horse Inn
By Rosemary Ross
On 06/09/2011
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