Rosemary Ross

My pages:

Page link: The Flora of Harpenden
The Flora of Harpenden
Talk by Ian Denholm to the Society on 28 February 2017
Page link: Geoffrey Ernest Ackroyd - 1930-2017
Geoffrey Ernest Ackroyd - 1930-2017
The last of the Ackroyd bakers
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"Old Harpenden, Years Gone By" Facebook Group
Gathering at the Plough & Harrow on 23 September 2017
Page link: Gorhambury through the Ages - 1771-2017
Gorhambury through the Ages - 1771-2017
Report of a talk given by Viscountess Grimston at the Society's meeting held on Tuesday 17th January 2017
Page link: Treasures of the Hertfordshire Archives - The Amy Coburn Lecture
Treasures of the Hertfordshire Archives - The Amy Coburn Lecture
Report of the talk given to the Society by Diane Hodgson following the Society's AGM held on 25 April 2017
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: Edward J Dodgshun - 1851-1927
Edward J Dodgshun - 1851-1927
Architect of a 'House at Harpenden' - Field House in Townsend Road
Page link: William Sparrow, Harpenden builder
William Sparrow, Harpenden builder
and Patentee in 1888
Page link: Harpenden Carnival, 10 June 2017
Harpenden Carnival, 10 June 2017
Local History stall attracts interest
Page link: The Lydekker Family, 1650-1983
The Lydekker Family, 1650-1983
From Dutch origins to residence in Harpenden from 1857
Page link: Blades of Grass
Blades of Grass
A new biography of George Hogg by his nephew Mark Thomas
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: Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sir Charles Lawes-Wittewronge
Sportsman, Sculptor, Edwardian Lord of Rothamsted Manor
Page link: Robert Warington FRS - 1838-1907
Robert Warington FRS - 1838-1907
Agricultural Chemist at Rothamsted
Page link: Bellringers for the 1953 Coronation
Bellringers for the 1953 Coronation
The Bells of St Nicholas rang out
Page link: The Story of 48 High Street
The Story of 48 High Street
From a reference on the Tithe Award map of 1843 to Harpenden Books in 2016
Page link: Reads' Motors
Reads' Motors
Successful business founded by Charles and William Read in 1921
Page link: Katherine Warington - 1897 to 1993
Katherine Warington - 1897 to 1993
Distinguished Botanist - first to note importance of boron to plant growth
Page link: Flowton Priory
Flowton Priory
A Tudor timber-framed house transplanted from Suffolk to Harpenden in the 1920s
Page link: Rothamsted Allotment Club Annual Dinner
Rothamsted Allotment Club Annual Dinner
Extract from "Reminiscences,Tales & Anecdotes of Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1872-1922
Page link: Harpenden's sub-post offices
Harpenden's sub-post offices
Serving new communities, north, south and east from the 1870s
Page link: Rothamsted Allotment Club
Rothamsted Allotment Club
"and a clubhouse for the comfort and enjoyment of the labourers"
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: Mr and Mrs Nott entertain
Mr and Mrs Nott entertain "Amy"
From the Herts Advertiser and St Albans Times, November 27, 1931
Page link: Traces of Rabbits in Harpenden and Wheathampstead
Traces of Rabbits in Harpenden and Wheathampstead
Farmed for food for the gentry
Page link: Memories of a Postal Officer and Postman
Memories of a Postal Officer and Postman
Harpenden Crown Post Office in the 1970s
Page link: Chocks away at Shuttleworth
Chocks away at Shuttleworth
Report of a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection on 4 September 2016.
Page link: Medieval churches in North Bedfordshire
Medieval churches in North Bedfordshire
Visit led by Aymeric Jenkins on 16 April 2016
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: Living on the Common: a landscape history of Harpenden Common
Living on the Common: a landscape history of Harpenden Common
Report of a talk given to the Society on 20 September 2016 by Anne Rowe, freelance historian
Page link: Harpenden's Post Office
Harpenden's Post Office
Expansion and contraction over more than 160 years
Page link: Harpenden's heritage and archives in the Arts and Cultural Hub
Harpenden's heritage and archives in the Arts and Cultural Hub
The Society's presentation to a Workshop about Sports, Arts and Culture facilities on 12 November 2016
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: 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: Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Dr Edward Charles Davenport - 1871-1958
Successor to Dr Blake of Bower's House
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: Mary Constable - 1810-1912
Mary Constable - 1810-1912
The story of an old Harpenden inhabitant, born in Bowling Alley
Page link: Coleswood Road
Coleswood Road
A gallery of some of the older houses
Page link: Harpenden - The Postcard Collection
Harpenden - The Postcard Collection
New publication of nostalgic views - August 2016
Page link: F. H. Crittall: Metal Windows and Modernism
F. H. Crittall: Metal Windows and Modernism
Report of a talk given to the Society on 26 April 2016 by Adam Smith.
Page link: The Clinton-Baker Pinetum at Bayfordbury
The Clinton-Baker Pinetum at Bayfordbury
Report of a talk given to the Society on 28 June 2016 by Dr Edward Eastwood, Curator.
Page link: Life on the Home Front one hundred years ago
Life on the Home Front one hundred years ago
New book about St Albans during the 1914-18 war years
Page link: Jim Jarvis's photos of 'Jarvis houses' in the 1930s
Jim Jarvis's photos of 'Jarvis houses' in the 1930s
Glass negatives - some still to be identified
Page link: Fire at the Red House - 27 August 1896
Fire at the Red House - 27 August 1896
St Albans Fire Brigade report form
Page link: Harpenden Local History - Summer events 2016
Harpenden Local History - Summer events 2016
Exhibition about the High Street, Harpenden Carnival and Armed Forces Day
Page link: Auction of cottages on Leyton Road, behind the Silver Cup
Auction of cottages on Leyton Road, behind the Silver Cup
Recent donation of document dated 1877
Page link: The Story of Harpenden from Village to Town
The Story of Harpenden from Village to Town
New Publication by Harpenden Local History Society
Page link: Oggelsby's - the Blacksmiths at Southdown
Oggelsby's - the Blacksmiths at Southdown
My boyhood memories of the 1890s and 1900s
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"For Remember"
Drawings by an Italian PoW in Harpenden in 1944
Page link: Straw plaiting and bonnet making tools
Straw plaiting and bonnet making tools
From our Archive collection
Page link: Being Prepared: A Brief History of Scouting
Being Prepared: A Brief History of Scouting
Report of a talk to the Society at the Society's meeting held on 23 February 2016.
Page link: Before the Developers got at it: Harpenden 1945-1960
Before the Developers got at it: Harpenden 1945-1960
Report of a talk to the Society at the Society's meeting held on 26 January 2016.
Page link: Visit to Redbournbury Mill
Visit to Redbournbury Mill
Society visit on 2 January 2016
Page link: The Children's House, St George's School
The Children's House, St George's School
A Montessori school - later moved to Gorselands
Page link: Amy Coburn (1927-2016) - an appreciation
Amy Coburn (1927-2016) - an appreciation
Passionate local historian and founder member of Harpenden & District Local History Society
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 Water Supply
Harpenden's Water Supply
The rise and fall of water towers built by the Harpenden Water Company
Page link: Harpenden Development Association
Harpenden Development Association
A promotional brochure published in 1935
Page link: Burglary at Bowling Alley, 1846
Burglary at Bowling Alley, 1846
From the Hertford Mercury & Reformer, 26 December 1846
Page link: Jim Jarvis (1920s - 2012)
Jim Jarvis (1920s - 2012)
Childhood at Gorselands
Page link: Memories of Highmoor, Westfield Common in the 1920s and 1930s
Memories of Highmoor, Westfield Common in the 1920s and 1930s
Extracts from 'On growing up in Harpenden before the war - Beginnings'
Page link: A War Memorial for Harpenden?
A War Memorial for Harpenden?
Anonymous letter to the Herts Advertiser, January 1919
Page link: Batford Prisoner of War Camp
Batford Prisoner of War Camp
And a friendship from the 1940s to the 1990s
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: The Spy who is buried in Harpenden
The Spy who is buried in Harpenden
Report of Dr John Versey's talk to the Society on 23 June 2015
Page link: Harpenden Village Sign
Harpenden Village Sign
An evolving design based on local features
Page link: Moreton End School
Moreton End School
Compiled from the prospectus and notes in our archives
Page link: George Hogg - 1915-1945
George Hogg - 1915-1945
The President of China honours him as a hero of WWII
Page link: School Feasts in 1869
School Feasts in 1869
as reported in Harpenden Parish Magazine, August and September 1869
Page link: Cholera in Victorian England
Cholera in Victorian England
Highly acclaimed book by Amanda Thomas
Page link: Hammondsend
Hammondsend
A detailed architectural description and history of the Neale family from the 1560s to 1780s
Page link: Time Flies at Old Warden - the history of the Shuttleworth Collection
Time Flies at Old Warden - the history of the Shuttleworth Collection
Report of a talk by Debbie Land to the Society on 22 September 2015
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: Coach Lane Cottage, 39 Leyton Road
Coach Lane Cottage, 39 Leyton Road
An analysis of the 16th and 17th century timber-framing
Page link: Hardenwick School at Sandridgebury
Hardenwick School at Sandridgebury
Memories of my time there from 1967 to 1971
Page link: Harpenden Village Pond
Harpenden Village Pond
Heated debate in the Herts Advertiser of 1890 about the future of the Cock pond
Page link: Margaret Holden ( c1922  - 1998)
Margaret Holden ( c1922 - 1998)
Botanist, biochemist, local historian
Page link: Allotments and Harpenden
Allotments and Harpenden
Talk to the Society on 26 May 2015
Page link: Dr Griffith Pugh - 1909-1994
Dr Griffith Pugh - 1909-1994
Obituary in The Independent, 27 January 1995
Page link: The Slip
The Slip
Deep clay from Hammonds End to Slip End
Page link: Frederick Arthur Harris - c1891-1962
Frederick Arthur Harris - c1891-1962
Clerk to Harpenden Urban District Council
Page link: Joan Moore OBE (1920 - 1986)
Joan Moore OBE (1920 - 1986)
Plant Pathologist, conservationist, gardener
Page link: Accounts of the Surveyors of the Highways for the Parish of Harpenden
Accounts of the Surveyors of the Highways for the Parish of Harpenden
Notes on documents held at Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Page link: WWI reflected in Connie Howard's
WWI reflected in Connie Howard's "Kinsbourne Green: My Childhood Village"
A small community affected by deaths and war injuries
Page link: Mr I S Smith's Preparatory Academy, Harpenden
Mr I S Smith's Preparatory Academy, Harpenden
Was this on the corner of Church Green in the 1830s?
Page link: Claygate Orchards
Claygate Orchards
From Harpenden Free Press, March 1955
Page link: The Medieval Churches of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
The Medieval Churches of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
Talk to the Society by Aymeric Jenkins, 24 February 2015
Page link: Francis Smith's Memories of Harpenden
Francis Smith's Memories of Harpenden
Extract from his 1907 memoir of Harpenden in the 1830s
Page link: George Howard Herring - c.1891-1956
George Howard Herring - c.1891-1956
Architect and Chief Fire Officer for Harpenden
Page link: Help Protect Hertfordshire's Heritage Sites
Help Protect Hertfordshire's Heritage Sites
Owl on-line Watch Link - Hertfordshire Constabulary - Neighbourhood Watch
Page link: The Rothamsted Insect Survey: A national asset with a local history
The Rothamsted Insect Survey: A national asset with a local history
Talk by Dr Richard Harrington to the Society on 29 January 2015
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: Mrs Mercier's Ladies Schools in Harpenden
Mrs Mercier's Ladies Schools in Harpenden
The search for where they were
Page link: Luton's Markets and Fairs
Luton's Markets and Fairs
Talk to the Society on 24 June 2014
Page link: Pictures in the Museum of St Albans
Pictures in the Museum of St Albans
Talk to the Society 0n 1 April 2014, by Catherine Newley, Curator
Page link: The History of Harpenden Fire Brigade
The History of Harpenden Fire Brigade
1800 to 1992 when the new Fire Station was opened
Page link: Front Line Kent - Coastal Defences of the Kent Coast.
Front Line Kent - Coastal Defences of the Kent Coast.
Talk to the Society by Dr Peter Webster on 28 October 2014
Page link: Harpenden Ladies Hockey Club
Harpenden Ladies Hockey Club
Now over 100 years of play
Page link: Harpenden War Memorial 1914-18
Harpenden War Memorial 1914-18
A Tribute to the Men who died in the Great War
Page link: Books Galore - No More
Books Galore - No More
A history of Harpenden's Toc H stall
Page link: A child's memories of WWII
A child's memories of WWII
Air raid warnings - and bombs
Page link: James Busby
James Busby
Founder of Busby's the chemists
Page link: The Jarrow Crusade
The Jarrow Crusade
1936, and again in 1986
Page link: Early Days at Batford Nursery School
Early Days at Batford Nursery School
From Wartime Day Nursery to Ministry of Education Nursery School
Page link: The Home Front in Harpenden - 1939
The Home Front in Harpenden - 1939
Exhibition on 6 September 2014
Page link: The History of St Nicholas School
The History of St Nicholas School
Celebrating the school's 150th anniversary in 2008, with some updates
Page link: Blackberries Galore!
Blackberries Galore!
From St Nicholas School log book, 1918 - children help the WWI war effort
Page link: Some wartime memories
Some wartime memories
from The Vale of the Nightingale (1996)
Page link: Early schools in Harpenden
Early schools in Harpenden
Scope for more research
Page link: Marianne Sherman's Music and Dance manuscripts (1806)
Marianne Sherman's Music and Dance manuscripts (1806)
An insight into social gatherings around Rothamsted Manor
Page link: Batford in the 1950s and 1960s
Batford in the 1950s and 1960s
Memories of a local lad
Page link: Harpenden, Hitler and Me
Harpenden, Hitler and Me
Memories of an evacuee
Page link: The Evacuee
The Evacuee
From school in Clerkenwell Green to Harpenden
Page link: St Nicholas School History Exhibition - Saturday, 12 July 2014
St Nicholas School History Exhibition - Saturday, 12 July 2014
Our history, dating back to 1858, including photos and artefacts.
Page link: St Dominic's School
St Dominic's School
From Bowers Cottage, via Harpenden Hall and The Welcombe Convent to purpose-built school
Page link: The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
The Old Bell - refurbished June 2014
Photographs donated to the Society
Page link: Armed Forces Day, 28 June 2014
Armed Forces Day, 28 June 2014
Society's display of WWI photos
Page link: Discovery Day 2014 - Promotion of the Society
Discovery Day 2014 - Promotion of the Society
A sell-out for 'Harpenden Races': photos of Harpenden House Hotel
Page link: The Sherwood Foresters billeted in Harpenden, 1914-1915
The Sherwood Foresters billeted in Harpenden, 1914-1915
A Gallery of photos of WWI military activities in Harpenden from postcards and other sources
Page link: Evacuation from the South Coast
Evacuation from the South Coast
From Hastings to Harpenden - July 1940
Page link: From Kirkwick to Glen Eagle Manor Hotel
From Kirkwick to Glen Eagle Manor Hotel
The fate of another Victorian family home in Harpenden
Page link: Scout Relief work in NW Europe
Scout Relief work in NW Europe
Summary of Cornelia Clutterbuck's 1945-1946 Diaries
Page link: Harpenden - A wartime Haven
Harpenden - A wartime Haven
Memories of a boy from Hastings
Page link: A letter from the Boer War - June 5th 1900
A letter from the Boer War - June 5th 1900
Found among family papers
Page link: Harpenden's Evacuation Scheme - WWII
Harpenden's Evacuation Scheme - WWII
Preparations for the outbreak of war in 1939
Page link: Frank Salisbury - Artist in Stained Glass
Frank Salisbury - Artist in Stained Glass
A talk by Nigel McMurray to the Society on 22 October 2013
Page link: Luton Hoo Mansion and Estate
Luton Hoo Mansion and Estate
A talk to the Society by Len Fowler on 28th January 2014.
Page link: From Nationalisation to Privatisation
From Nationalisation to Privatisation
My Life on British Railways
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: Gibraltar Bar and
Gibraltar Bar and "Rose Lane"
Tracking down the Toll Gates or Bars between Harpenden and Luton
Page link: Luton Hoo Mansion
Luton Hoo Mansion
Society visits in March 2014
Page link: Henry Tylston Hodgson of Welcombe
Henry Tylston Hodgson of Welcombe
His ancestors and descendents
Page link: The Society's Committee
The Society's Committee
2016-2017 - come and join us
Page link: A Brief History of Rothamsted Experimental Station from 1843 to 1901
A Brief History of Rothamsted Experimental Station from 1843 to 1901
Founded by John Bennet Lawes with Dr J H Gilbert
Page link: Annual Report for 2013
Annual Report for 2013
For AGM on 29 April 2014
Page link: Welcombe
Welcombe
Behind the fa├žade of Harpenden House Hotel, Southdown Road
Page link: A Passion for Plants
A Passion for Plants
Sir Edward Salisbury, botanist, 1886-1978
Page link: Frederick Thurston - 1854-1933
Frederick Thurston - 1854-1933
Photographer with a Studio in Harpenden
Page link: Frank Salisbury - The Passing of Queen Eleanor
Frank Salisbury - The Passing of Queen Eleanor
The story of a pageant painting
Page link: From Natwest Banking to Scouting
From Natwest Banking to Scouting
9th Harpenden Scout hut from 1973-2013
Page link: Ernest Heasman at Nedneprah, East Common
Ernest Heasman at Nedneprah, East Common
Memories of my artist father and musician mother
Page link: Coldharbour and Westfield
Coldharbour and Westfield
A short survey from Roman times to the 1990s
Page link: Shepherd Arnold
Shepherd Arnold
Painted by Ernest Heasman and remembered by many
Page link: The Wernher Room, Kinsbourne Green
The Wernher Room, Kinsbourne Green
Community centre from 1908 to 1940
Page link: Kinsbourne Green
Kinsbourne Green
From the 1880s to the present
Page link: From Pint Pot to Coffee Pot: Breweries and the Temperance Movement.
From Pint Pot to Coffee Pot: Breweries and the Temperance Movement.
A talk by Jon Mein to the Society on 24 September 2013
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: The National Children's Home and Harpenden's twin town Alzey
The National Children's Home and Harpenden's twin town Alzey
Christmas visits and holidays in Alzey - 1974-1985
Page link: Other recent local publications
Other recent local publications
by local authors or about Harpenden's history
Page link: Harpenden Shops in 1963
Harpenden Shops in 1963
A Harpenden Free Press Survey of Local Businesses - 21 May 1963
Page link: Rothamsted Experimental Station - 1914-18
Rothamsted Experimental Station - 1914-18
Talk by Prof. Roger Plumb to the Rothamsted Association, November 2013
Page link: Elizabeth Bowen - 1899-1973
Elizabeth Bowen - 1899-1973
School days at Harpenden Hall School for Girls, 1912-14
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"Searching for Grace"
Newly published book about John Blundell Maple's daughter, Grace, by Carol Henderson & Heather Tovey
Page link: Aldwickbury
Aldwickbury
Medieval Manor of 1300 to Golf Club 2000
Page link: Harpenden from the 1950s to 1981
Harpenden from the 1950s to 1981
Selection from Jim Jarvis's slides
Page link: Frank O Salisbury's stained glass windows in Highfield Oval
Frank O Salisbury's stained glass windows in Highfield Oval
The St Christopher and Memorial windows
Page link: Frank O. Salisbury's prophets
Frank O. Salisbury's prophets
Moved to a historic new home
Page link: Harpenden Red Cross Society
Harpenden Red Cross Society
A short summary of the first 75 years, from 1938-2013
Page link: The Nativity - mural by Frank O. Salisbury
The Nativity - mural by Frank O. Salisbury
Donated to St Nicholas Church by the artist in 1913
Page link: In the Steps of Frank O. Salisbury, Portrait and Stained Glass Artist, 1874-1962
In the Steps of Frank O. Salisbury, Portrait and Stained Glass Artist, 1874-1962
Guided tours of sites in Harpenden associated with the artist
Page link: Delving into Harpenden Shops
Delving into Harpenden Shops
Talk by Geoff Woodward
Page link: The 1913 Harpenden Races
The 1913 Harpenden Races
From the Luton Times and Advertiser, Friday 16th May 1913
Page link: Winifred (Freda) Wyborn - 1899-1990
Winifred (Freda) Wyborn - 1899-1990
Councillor for Harpenden East - 1964-1979
Page link: Grand Concert for Flood Relief
Grand Concert for Flood Relief
9 March 1953 in Harpenden Public Hall
Page link: The Kin - Harpenden's forgotten river?
The Kin - Harpenden's forgotten river?
A debate on Harpenden's 'Dry Valley'
Page link: The Coin Hoard from St Albans
The Coin Hoard from St Albans
Talk by David Thorold of Verulamium Museum
Page link: The Salisburys of Limbrick Hall
The Salisburys of Limbrick Hall
James Wright Salisbury and his family
Page link: Frank Owen Salisbury
Frank Owen Salisbury
Portait and Stained Glass Artist - 1874-1962
Page link: Henry Salisbury - 1839-1923
Henry Salisbury - 1839-1923
Founder of Kingston House, builder, Methodist
Page link: Harpenden's celebrations of the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Harpenden's celebrations of the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
Carnival procession - can you recognise the participants?
Page link: The Harpenden Races - 1837-1914
The Harpenden Races - 1837-1914
Reprint of Eric Brandreth's 1981 booklet
Page link: An 1868 Deed of Enfranchisement of copyhold land
An 1868 Deed of Enfranchisement of copyhold land
Two small plots by the Southdown Road, Harpenden
Page link: No.2 Southdown Road, Harpenden
No.2 Southdown Road, Harpenden
Medieval Hall house from c.1500 - an analysis of its structure
Page link: Gardener's cottage, Lydekker estate
Gardener's cottage, Lydekker estate
2 Luton Road, Harpenden
Page link: National Children's Home - Harpenden cemetery
National Children's Home - Harpenden cemetery
A secluded corner on the edge of Harpenden
Page link: Myrtle Cottage
Myrtle Cottage
Researching an enquiry
Page link: Elmfield School
Elmfield School
Illustrations from a talk by Judy Hamblin and Margaret Hewitt on 29 January 2013.
Page link: Dr Frederick Robert Spackman (1820-1892)
Dr Frederick Robert Spackman (1820-1892)
Harpenden physician from c.1851-1891
Page link: Exhibition of Geology in Hertfordshire, 2 March 2013
Exhibition of Geology in Hertfordshire, 2 March 2013
Diagrams and fossils from Harpenden
Page link: Dr William Henry Blake (1853-1933)
Dr William Henry Blake (1853-1933)
Harpenden physician from 1879-1920
Page link: Coach Lane Cottage, 39 Leyton Road
Coach Lane Cottage, 39 Leyton Road
Formerly Gable End Farm, Old Gable End, The Gables
Page link: Yew Tree Farm - Prezzo
Yew Tree Farm - Prezzo
15 Leyton Road
Page link: Hardenwick School in the late 1940s
Hardenwick School in the late 1940s
Memories of my time there from 1947-51- School Number 81
Page link: Rothamsted Park Gates
Rothamsted Park Gates
The new approach to Rothamsted Manor in 1880
Page link: The Second Battle of St Albans - 17 February 1461
The Second Battle of St Albans - 17 February 1461
Talk to the Society by Peter Burley and Harvey Watson on 23 February 2013
Page link: Bowers House
Bowers House
The house and its inhabitants from the 16th century
Page link: Bennetts and its inhabitants
Bennetts and its inhabitants
Now home of the Royal British Legion
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 White Lion
The White Lion
Distinguished by its Sign
Page link: The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys
Formerly The White Hart
Page link: The Old Cock
The Old Cock
A pub in different locations since 1639
Page link: 65 High Street, Harpenden
65 High Street, Harpenden
Wall-paintings imitating panelling, as seen in the 1970s
Page link: The making of Vaughan Road
The making of Vaughan Road
Demolitions in the 1890s to open up the new road
Page link: Park Hall
Park Hall
British School from 1850, Council Offices from 1898
Page link: The (Old) Red Lion
The (Old) Red Lion
One of Harpenden's older pub names
Page link: 2 Southdown Road
2 Southdown Road
Possibly Harpenden's oldest house
Page link: Harpenden Town Trail 2 - The Common
Harpenden Town Trail 2 - The Common
A gallery of the pictures and links to further information
Page link: Harpenden Town Trail 1 - The High Street
Harpenden Town Trail 1 - The High Street
A photo gallery with links to more information and pictures
Page link: Sun Lane corner
Sun Lane corner
Cottages demolished to widen the lane around 1930
Page link: Harpenden Public Halls
Harpenden Public Halls
Opened in 1938
Page link: The Dene
The Dene
15 Southdown Road
Page link: Published in March 2013 - Two Trails
Published in March 2013 - Two Trails
Harpenden High Street and Harpenden Common
Page link: Harpenden Hall
Harpenden Hall
Occupiers from the 16th century
Page link: The Baa Lamb Trees
The Baa Lamb Trees
Linked with Bylands Farm in Redbourn
Page link: Ernest Heasman - 1874-1927
Ernest Heasman - 1874-1927
Stained glass artist who lived and worked in Harpenden from 1906
Page link: Heathfield Works
Heathfield Works
Industrial site by Harpenden Common
Page link: The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
The Silver Cup - a pub since 1838
and the Silver Cup Pond
Page link: The Foresters Arms
The Foresters Arms
Linked with the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society
Page link: Henry Tylston Hodgson - 1843-1918
Henry Tylston Hodgson - 1843-1918
A Harpenden benefactor
Page link: St Hilda's School
St Hilda's School
Founded c.1890
Page link: James Marshall - 1661-1722
James Marshall - 1661-1722
Benefactor of young people in Wheathampstead and Harpenden
Page link: The Putterill family
The Putterill family
Founders of garage and timber businesses
Page link: The Red House, auctioned in 1904
The Red House, auctioned in 1904
The brochure which attracted Halley Stewart to buy
Page link: Judy Fryd
Judy Fryd
A short film about the founder of Mencap
Page link: George Hogg and Gung Ho
George Hogg and Gung Ho
The Chinese Industrial Co-operative Movement from the 1930s
Page link: Theodora Wilson's Travels
Theodora Wilson's Travels
A selection from the LHS exhibition at Park Hall, 1 December 2012, illustrating Theodora's Journals
Page link: Lady Lawes-Wittewronge's bills - 1912-13
Lady Lawes-Wittewronge's bills - 1912-13
Recently acquired through E-bay
Page link: Memories of old Harpenden around 1900
Memories of old Harpenden around 1900
An article in Harpenden Free Press, 20 April 1960, illustrated with photos from our archives
Page link: Barnfield Tennis Club
Barnfield Tennis Club
Pavillion fire - 6 November 1954
Page link: Wittewronge connections in the seventeenth century
Wittewronge connections in the seventeenth century
Talk to the Society on 29 May 2012
Page link: University of Hertfordshire - Heritage Hub
University of Hertfordshire - Heritage Hub
Study for an MA in history
Page link: Southdown Women's Institute Choir
Southdown Women's Institute Choir
Winning cups in the 1950s
Page link: Harpenden Men freed from Japanese PoW camp
Harpenden Men freed from Japanese PoW camp
Percy Lawrence, Hector Munt & Stephen Robinson
Page link: Prize for Harpenden Station gardens, 1949
Prize for Harpenden Station gardens, 1949
Harpenden Free Press report
Page link: Childwickbury - a short history of the estate, the stud and its owners
Childwickbury - a short history of the estate, the stud and its owners
Home of the Toulmin, Blundell Maple and Joel families
Page link: Childwickbury Stud
Childwickbury Stud
Society visit in August 2011
Page link: James Quilter Rumball (1795-1872)
James Quilter Rumball (1795-1872)
Phrenologist, and Medical Attendant at Harpenden Asylum
Page link: From Arkwright to Mayor
From Arkwright to Mayor
Talk by Michael Weaver, June 2012
Page link: Theodora's Journals
Theodora's Journals
Review in BALH online
Page link: John Frye Bourne (1912-1991)
John Frye Bourne (1912-1991)
Harpenden artist, glimpsed from a newspaper cutting from 1948
Page link: Harpenden's History needs a Home
Harpenden's History needs a Home
The search for a new Local History Centre
Page link: Tollgate Cottage - Tollgate Hotel
Tollgate Cottage - Tollgate Hotel
Who has lived at 69 High Street
Page link: Harpenden's former Norman parish church
Harpenden's former Norman parish church
St Nicholas church, as described in the early 1800s
Page link: Chestnut Cottage, Home Farm
Chestnut Cottage, Home Farm
Regrets in 1894 at the loss of 'old Harpenden'
Page link: Harpenden's last 'hue and cry'
Harpenden's last 'hue and cry'
An anecdote from John Lydekker
Page link: The Geology and Landscape of Hertfordshire
The Geology and Landscape of Hertfordshire
Talk by John Catt to April 2012 meeting of the Society
Page link: The Children's Sanatorium, Harpenden
The Children's Sanatorium, Harpenden
A Special branch of the National Children's Home and Orphanage
Page link: Presentation of 'Theodora's Journals'
Presentation of 'Theodora's Journals'
Harpenden Society presents a copy to its retiring President, Ian Fulton
Page link: 6 High Street, Harpenden
6 High Street, Harpenden
From Dr Kingston's House to M&Co - 1860s-2012
Page link: Welcome to
Welcome to "Theodora's Journals"
Meet the editors event on 11 February 2012
Page link: Apprenticeship in 1911
Apprenticeship in 1911
Henry Edgar Salisbury - Master : Arthur Cecil Chalkley - Apprentice
Page link: The story of Theodora's Journals
The story of Theodora's Journals
From discovery and selection to publication
Page link: Theodora's Journals
Theodora's Journals
Order the Society's latest publication here
Page link: The History of Wheathampstead and Harpenden in Six parts
The History of Wheathampstead and Harpenden in Six parts
WEA/History Publishing Society publications, 1973-2000
Page link: Walton House School
Walton House School
Memories of the Kindergarten at 18 Tennyson Road
Page link: Sir John Blundell Maple (1845-1903)
Sir John Blundell Maple (1845-1903)
A Harpenden Benefactor
Page link: The Lydekkers of Tollgate Cottage
The Lydekkers of Tollgate Cottage
Captain Arthur Lydekker - 1853-1935
Page link: Charles Akrill (1840-1907)
Charles Akrill (1840-1907)
His name remembered in a place he probably never knew
Page link: Croft Nurseries, MacDonald, father and sons
Croft Nurseries, MacDonald, father and sons
Turf specialists at 29 Station Road
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 Haddens of Harpenden Lodge
The Haddens of Harpenden Lodge
Owners between 1804 and 1857
Page link: The Harpenden Ink Factory
The Harpenden Ink Factory
at 70 Station Road - now Kinloch Court
Page link: The Pathology Labs
The Pathology Labs
Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries labs at Hatching Green
Page link: Church Green in the early 1890s
Church Green in the early 1890s
A panoramic view formed from old prints
Page link: George Hogg - his significance
George Hogg - his significance
St George's School project - 4
Page link: George Hogg - his significance
George Hogg - his significance
St George's School project - 3
Page link: George Hogg - his significance
George Hogg - his significance
St George's School project - 2
Page link: George Hogg - his significance
George Hogg - his significance
St George's School project - 1
Page link: Adding a Page
Adding a Page
Printable instructions
Page link: A big day for Harpenden Local History Society
A big day for Harpenden Local History Society
Official launch of the website, 24 September 2011
Page link: David Hinton - 1937-2011
David Hinton - 1937-2011
Tribute to our Website Administrator
Page link: Station Road shops in the 1930s
Station Road shops in the 1930s
Summary of talk by Geoffrey Ackroyd
Page link: A walk along Station Road before 1914
A walk along Station Road before 1914
Late Victorian and Edwardian houses on the northern side, from Carlton Road to Marquis Lane corner
Page link: Station Road in 1878 and around 1914
Station Road in 1878 and around 1914
Extracts from OS maps
Page link: The White Horse Inn
The White Horse Inn
Hatching Green
Page link: Major Esterhazy -
Major Esterhazy - "Count de Voilement"
His life in Harpenden after the Dreyfus Affair - 1909 -1923
Page link: The Red House, Carlton Road
The Red House, Carlton Road
From 1892 to 2011
Page link: Pigeonwick, Fallows Green
Pigeonwick, Fallows Green
Home of Ellen Terry - 1869-1874
Page link: Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Ellen Terry (1847-1928)
Her years in Harpenden - 1868-1874
Page link: Edward the Confessor's Charter, 1060
Edward the Confessor's Charter, 1060
Grant of the parish of Wheathampstead (including Harpenden) to Westminster Abbey
Page link: Farmsteads on Harpenden High Street
Farmsteads on Harpenden High Street
Home Farm, Yew Tree Farm and Bowers Farm
Page link: Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
Lady Caroline Lawes - 1822-1895
A tribute by her husband
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: St Margaret's, Crossway - a child's view
St Margaret's, Crossway - a child's view
Miss Hazel Inglefield's reminiscences, written in the 1980s
Page link: Then and Now
Then and Now
The changing face of the High Street
Page link: Park View House
Park View House
Glimpse of a Victorian villa
Page link: Eric Morecambe
Eric Morecambe
Harpenden resident from 1960-1984
Page link: The Director's House
The Director's House
1 West Common, home to the first seven directors of Rothamsted Experimental Station
Page link: Sir John Russell (1872-1965)
Sir John Russell (1872-1965)
Director of Rothamsted 1912-43
Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 2
'Lost' pubs - 2
The afterlife of pubs and ale houses in West Common and Bowling Alley
Page link: 'Lost' pubs - 1
'Lost' pubs - 1
The afterlife of former pubs - High Street to Kinsbourne Green
Page link: Sir Alfred Daniel Hall (1864-1942)
Sir Alfred Daniel Hall (1864-1942)
Director of Rothamsted 1902-12
Page link: Leather-working tools
Leather-working tools
Tools that Harpenden craftsmen would have used
Page link: Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
Harpenden Branch of the National Children's Home - 1910-1985
From London's East End to the Wilds of Hertfordshire
Page link: Punishments and Prisons
Punishments and Prisons
From the Stocks to the House of Correction
Page link: Motorways
Motorways
The M1 - bypass for Harpenden
Page link: More troops in Harpenden - 1915
More troops in Harpenden - 1915
A source of satisfaction to the townspeople
Page link: Quoits clubs in Harpenden
Quoits clubs in Harpenden
Reminiscences of Claude J Watler of 3 Cravells Road
Page link: Iron Age Burial in Harpenden
Iron Age Burial in Harpenden
Pre-Roman settlements in the Lea Valley at Batford
Page link: Hardenwick School
Hardenwick School
Private Preparatory school for boys, Wordsworth Road 1898-1966
Page link: A Dissenting Grammar School for Boys - 1818-1839
A Dissenting Grammar School for Boys - 1818-1839
at Blakesleys (Harpenden Hall)
Page link: Traces of Roman occupation
Traces of Roman occupation
Fragments found by builders or in field surveys
Page link: Leyton Hall
Leyton Hall
"A spacious and comfortable hall"
Page link: Harpenden Hall
Harpenden Hall
School for Girls, 1910-1923
Page link: Elm trees in Harpenden
Elm trees in Harpenden
Ancient trees lost to Dutch elm disease
Page link: Electrocult Ltd
Electrocult Ltd
Manufacturers of soil sterilizers
Page link: Hard winters
Hard winters
Reminders of winters past
Page link: The Fishers at Milton Lodge
The Fishers at Milton Lodge
Darwin, evolution and links with Milton Road
Page link: The Crimes of Poverty
The Crimes of Poverty
Punished by hard labour or transportation
Page link: Ends and Greens
Ends and Greens
The Settlement of Wheathampstead & Harpenden, Vol 1
Page link: The Lying-in Charity
The Lying-in Charity
Help for poor married women
Page link: Sir Frederick Bawden
Sir Frederick Bawden
Rothamsted Director 1958-1972
Page link: Self-help in Nineteenth Century Harpenden
Self-help in Nineteenth Century Harpenden
Ways of eaking out meagre wages and coping with misfortune
Page link: Harpenden Charities
Harpenden Charities
Bequests from the 16th to 19th centuries forming the Harpenden United Charities
Page link: Harpenden Paupers
Harpenden Paupers
Parish relief, 'outdoor' and 'indoor' - for parishioners and those passing through
Page link: Looking after the Poor
Looking after the Poor
from the Middles Ages to the Union Workhouse
Page link: Harpenden makes History
Harpenden makes History
Opening of Harpenden's new History Centre at 19 Arden Grove on 31 March 1979
Page link: Ursula Bloom, cinema pianist
Ursula Bloom, cinema pianist
Music maker for silent films at the White Palace cinema
Page link: Batford swimming pool
Batford swimming pool
A pool fed with spring water
Page link: Holcroft Spring
Holcroft Spring
Bluebells
Page link: Monographs and reprints
Monographs and reprints
Published by the Harpenden & District Local History Society
Page link: Rosemary's second page
Rosemary's second page
A Brighton shop
Page link: Rosemary's first page
Rosemary's first page
A Brief History of Allotments

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