Brief history of Harpenden & general articles

In the early 1970s a series of WEA (Workers Educational Association) classes studied the history of the parish of Wheathampstead and Harpenden and published a series of 6 booklets (see the Society's publications).  Eric Brandreth, a member of the class which focussed on Harpenden and former Harpenden librarian, summarised these booklets in four articles on 2000 years of Harpenden's history.  More detail is included in sections on the various settlements which make up modern Harpenden, and in the Topics section of this website.

Page link: Harpenden Development Association
Harpenden Development Association
A promotional brochure published in 1935
Page link: Harpenden Village Sign
Harpenden Village Sign
An evolving design based on local features
Page link: Harpenden's 'Dry Valley'
Harpenden's 'Dry Valley'
A pictorial trail from Zouches Farm near Dunstable to the River Colne at Smallford
Page link: Harpenden's Open Air Swimming Pool - opened in May 1960
Harpenden's Open Air Swimming Pool - opened in May 1960
A long campaign, funded by donations and subcriptions
Page link: Harpenden's Storm Floods - Sunday 21 June 1936
Harpenden's Storm Floods - Sunday 21 June 1936
Report in the Herts Advertiser - Scenes of 1879 vividly recalled
Page link: Harpenden, Batford and the Danelaw Boundary
Harpenden, Batford and the Danelaw Boundary
A report on the presentation given to the Society by Alexander Thomas on 22 March 2016.
Page link: Rothamsted and the Midland Railway Company
Rothamsted and the Midland Railway Company
Correspondence about an entry in The Panoramic Guide
Page link: The First Geophysical Survey to help establish Batford's History: March 2015
The First Geophysical Survey to help establish Batford's History: March 2015
Traces of early settlement, needing urgent further survey
Page link: An Introduction to Harpenden
An Introduction to Harpenden
2000 years of history
Page link: Harpenden: the growth of a village (1)
Harpenden: the growth of a village (1)
From the coming of the railways to the early 20th century
Page link: Harpenden: the growth of a village (2)
Harpenden: the growth of a village (2)
A changing community - the 20th century
Page link: Harpenden Census 1871 and 2001
Harpenden Census 1871 and 2001
Snapshots of Harpenden
Page link: The Growth of Harpenden
The Growth of Harpenden
An update in 2002
Page link: Harpenden in 1905, by Arthur Mee
Harpenden in 1905, by Arthur Mee
"A little piece of the countryside that has grown into a town"
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: Myrtle Cottage
Myrtle Cottage
Researching an enquiry
Page link: The Kin - Harpenden's forgotten river?
The Kin - Harpenden's forgotten river?
A debate on Harpenden's 'Dry Valley'
Page link: The Slip
The Slip
Deep clay from Hammonds End to Slip End
Page link: The Telephone comes to Harpenden
The Telephone comes to Harpenden
The first 100 subscribers
Page link: Hard winters
Hard winters
Reminders of winters past
Page link: Hertfordshire Puddingstone
Hertfordshire Puddingstone
Almost unique to our area