Harpenden Memorials and Sculptures

A survey in 2020 of plaques dedicated to individuals, organisations and events

By Gavin Ross

Photo:Celebrating the first 50 years of research at Rothamsted

Celebrating the first 50 years of research at Rothamsted

Photo:Queen Elizabeth II unveiled these plaques to mark 150 years of research at Rothamsted

Queen Elizabeth II unveiled these plaques to mark 150 years of research at Rothamsted

 

Apart from the obvious Town War Memorial and inscriptions in churches and cemeteries, there are a number of small plaques seats throughout the centre of Harpenden and on park benches and trees, commemorating people or events, such as the 50th anniversary of the founding of Rothamsted Research and the first 150 years of research.

 

We hope that readers will contribute information about these lovingly remembered Harpenden citizens

High Street

Opposite The George a seat is dedicated to Hon Alderman Vic Truss (1920-1995).

On the Concourse, benches round the tree commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Harpenden Society in 1980. A nearby bench dated 1978 is from the Jeakings Bequest, one of several locations suggested by the Harpenden Society - but we have no further information about the Jeakings family. The nearby Copper Beech was donated in 2007 by Fantastic Fireworks and Harpenden Scouts.

Photo:One of the seats on the concourse donated through the Jeakings Bequest

One of the seats on the concourse donated through the Jeakings Bequest

Photo:Celebrating the first 50 years of the United Nations

Celebrating the first 50 years of the United Nations

At the Bus Shelter a bench commemorates the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. A further bench is in memory of Cllr Colin Curl who died in 1994 (the plaque is very faint). Near Sainsbury’s is a bench from the Jeakings Bequest in 1979. Opposite Santander is a bench donated by Harpenden (Evening) Townswomen’s Guild in 1970, commemorating their 21st year.

Near Anvil House stands a Norway Maple donated by Jarvis Ltd in 2008.

Sensory Garden

Photo:2012 Jubliee sculpture near the Sensory Garden

2012 Jubliee sculpture near the Sensory Garden

LHS archives - Les Casey

The Jubilee Crown was installed in 2012 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Braille Plaque dating from 2010 honours Cllr Phyllis Moore. Benches commemorate the 2000 Millennium donated by the Harpenden Society, the Townswomen's Guild in memory of Florence Roberts in 1998, The Harpenden Guide Association in 1999, in addition to the plaque celebrating their diamond jubilee in 1970, and from TocH in memory of Rev W. and Mrs J.M. Elliott (undated).

Photo:Celebrating the first 60 years Girl Guides in Harpenden, 1970

Celebrating the first 60 years Girl Guides in Harpenden, 1970

Photo:A peace rose was dedicated to celebrate the first 50 years of the United Nations

A peace rose was dedicated to celebrate the first 50 years of the United Nations

A stone plaque and a 'Rosa Peace Keeper' rose was donated by Harpenden United Nations Association in 1995 and rededicated in 2005.

 

 

Lydekker Park

The park was opened in 1998, in part of the estate of Harpenden Lodge, according to the will of Hilda Lydekker in memory of her brothers who died in World War I. The poem 'In Flanders Field' by Major John Macrae is displayed on a separate board. The park was designed by Peter Sensky ARIBA (1938-2002) who is named on one of the seats. Other dedicated seats are to Jim Manger (1914-1999) and Eileen Manger (1915-2000), Gill Hollier (1936-2006), Raminder Chena (1930-2000) and James Holdaway (1916-2002).

Church Green

Photo:Tete-a-Tete and benches on Church Green

Tete-a-Tete and benches on Church Green

The sculpture Tete a Tete by John Brown FRBS was donated by Harpenden Area Decorative & Fine Arts Society in 2000. Benches commemorate Caroline and Gregory Poupard (2002), Sarah Louise Torrens (1971-1997), Dorothy Edna Pearce (1908-1997) and Frederick John Pearce (1907-1975). A further bench has a barely legible inscription.

Photo:St Nicholas Hall gardens

St Nicholas Hall gardens

 

Outside St Nicholas Hall there are benches for Jill Saunders (1949-94), Phyllis McNeill (1927-76), Irene Harmer (1922-1990) and Enid Slaughter (1909-87).  In St Nicholas churchyard behind the church a bench for Susan Scrivener (1951-2011). 

 

Leyton Green

Photo:Leyton Green

Leyton Green

Richard Hartley Offer (1929-2009) and David James Falder (1981-1995).

 

 

 

 

 

Outside Waitrose, there are two seats made of recycled waste plastic.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Harpenden Memorials and Sculptures' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Harpenden Memorials and Sculptures' page

 

Fountain Square 

Photo:Fountain Square

Fountain Square

Eight seats in a square donated by or commemorating The Lions Club, Judy Fryd founder of Mencap, George L Higgins (1930-2000), Peter and Barbara New (1929-2002 and 1928-2001), TocH Bookstall (1954-2003), Michael Doyle (1928-2000), Fred and Hannah Golds and Eric and Marjorie Golds. A further bench donated from the Methodist Church Coffee Lounge in 1982.

Photo:The TocH bookstall was a popular magnet for many years

The TocH bookstall was a popular magnet for many years

Photo:Drinking fountain, first erected in 1890

Drinking fountain, first erected in 1890

The fountain, originally a drinking fountain and nearer the road, was donated by Sir John Lawes in 1890 and was rededicated in 1914 by the Harpenden branch of the British Women's Temperance Association. It was moved to its present position, when the subterranean public conveniences were replaced.

Harpenden Common to the Silver Cup

Phyllis and Ronald Adam (worked locally 1965-1984). John Berry (1934-2009). Frank Popplewell, President of the British Legion (1922-1978). Clive Ernest Bygrave (1925-2003). Arthur Ward (Bucky) 2003.

Photo:Seat dedicated to Ian Fulton outside Park Hall

Seat dedicated to Ian Fulton outside Park Hall

Photo:Harpenden Trust seat outside Park Hall

Harpenden Trust seat outside Park Hall

 

 

Outside Park Hall two benches donated by the Harpenden Trust, 1999. One of these benches rededicated to Cllr Ian Fulton (1934-2019) by the Scouts, recognising his work in replacing the diseased elm trees with beech trees. Outside Harpenden Town Hall: Cllr Dorothy Mills (1921-2019).

Near Harpenden Hall, Mari Louth Cook (1928-2010). In Harpenden Hall garden, Mrs E Pare (1894-1983). On the wall in the garden of Harpenden Hall, Cllr John Fryd (1914-1981) and Judy Fryd (1909-2000).

Harpenden Common from Bull Road 

Photo:Benches beneath the Baalamb trees

Benches beneath the Baalamb trees

Photo:The oak planted to celebrate the first 25 years of town-twinning with Alzey did not survive, but the partnership has continued to flourish

The oak planted to celebrate the first 25 years of town-twinning with Alzey did not survive, but the partnership has continued to flourish

Round the Baa Lamb Trees, Fred Cox (d. 1989) and Millie Cox (d. 1998). Elizabeth Hardy (1915-1996). Godfrey Dean (1933-1983). 25 Years of Town Twinning with Alzey (1963-1988), with reference to a tree, which did not survive. The circular seats round a further tree are dedicated to the Children of Harpenden (“from a lover of both”).

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Harpenden Memorials and Sculptures' page

 

By the Southdown Ponds, Alan Golds and Fred Golds (undated). Mary Frances Aks. Doris Irene Sylvester (1936-1999). A further bench was donated by Harpenden Horticultural Society, and another by H.J.Gray Ltd in 1999.

Harpenden Common Cricket Ground

Photo:Harpenden Common Cricket pitch

Harpenden Common Cricket pitch

Several benches were donated when the ground was renewed and levelled, with a raised bank near the main road. Ian James Sterrett (1959-2005). Dee Billing (1948-2011). Harold John Thurlow (1916-2003). Alan Kershaw (d. 1998). Michael Marr (1912-2002). Ernie and Olive Ackroyd (two seats donated by Rotary Club). Mrs Snowdon Crossley (1960). Arthur Robert Hassell (1895-1986). Ron Fielder (1901-1998). Dot and Maurice Evans. Josephine Jenkins. Ralph Oliver (Captain 1953-59).

Between the Cricket pavilion and Queens Road, Russell and Peggy Taylor. A further bench donated by the Dennehy family. Under a tree near Queen's Road, John Lines (1916-1991).

In Queens Road, a bench to 'Dear Freddie' (1917-2002), (probably Fred Roberts). In Bowling Close by the Skew Bridge, a bench to 'Gwen' (1927-1998), (probably Gwen Gay-Tideswell).

By Harpenden Trust Hall in Southdown Road, Nan and Bob Renwick.

Harpenden Common south of Walkers Road

By St John's Church, to David Morley. In St John's Field, benches to Gerald McGuiness, Olive Attwell (1923-2013), and to Edward Martin (1932-1995) and Brenda Martin (1937-2011). By the Brickle/Prickle Dells, Sarah Spells (1978-2012) and Adam Prince (1985-2014).  By Eastmoor Park, Arthur and Stella Dalton.  At the main road junction with Beesonend Lane, Micheal Hill. 

Rothamsted Park

Photo:The Jeakings garden in Rothamsted Park

The Jeakings garden in Rothamsted Park

Two wooden sculptures by Simon Hebditch (c. 1998, carved from trees which were felled when the covered swimming pool was built) - Nightingale Valley and Salmon Run - have been removed while building work is in progress in 2020. In the Jeakings Garden, there is a memorial bench to Freifrau (Baroness) Wiltrud von Richthofen (d. 2011), who helped at the Sports Centre.  By the children's play park, a bench to Joyce (1921-2001).  Along the main drive, Chris Wroe (1940-2014) and Cynthia Southern.  Near the swimming pool, a French inscription to Leo.  By the football pitches, Paul Crake (1954-2012) from Harpenden Lions, Eric Miller (1916-2009) and Joan Miller (1920-2012), Ann Drysdale (1996), Chris Gerrard (1983-2015) from Young Hawks, Bob Bradbury (1949-2019) with panels as an Auxiliary Fireman, and Ann Rowe (1939-2018). 

West Common near Rivers Lodge

Jean Reed (1931-2005) and Philip Reed (1929-2005). Hilda Smith (1929-2011) and Leonard Smith (1923-2013).

A further bench has a simple verse: “Sit a-while and rest your feet. You will not get splinters from this seat. October 1995.”

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Harpenden Memorials and Sculptures' page

Sun Lane and Ox Lane

At the junction, a seat referring to the Baha'i World Faith.

Westfield Cemetery

Apart from the tomb memorials there are some seats with dedicated inscriptions.  In the first square a seat donated by Hertbeats, the local health group supporting heart patients.  Individual memorials are to Jane Barrett (1970-99), Christine Bates, Alice Gelling (1942-2017), Tony Hardy (2013), Margaret Reeves (2016), Roy Simmons (2006), and to Alan Stevens (1972) and Mary Stevens (2001).

Batford and Lea Valley

At Batford Corner, a memorial to Bob Hill. In All Saints Church garden, Arthur Barker (1916-1991) and Gladys Barker (1919-1996).
By Marquis Lane fields, Bill Crombie (1934-2013).

People commemorated - in alphabetical order

Plaques for the following are too faint to photograph: John Berry near the British Legion, Clive Ernest Bygrave near Rothamsted Park Gates, Colin Curl near the High Street bus shelter.

Photo:Ernie and Olive Ackroyd - Cricket groundAckroyd

Ernie and Olive Ackroyd - Cricket groundAckroyd

Photo:Phyllis and Ronald Adams - outside British Legion

Phyllis and Ronald Adams - outside British Legion

 

Photo:Mary Frances Aks - Southdown Ponds

Mary Frances Aks - Southdown Ponds

Photo:Olive Attwell - St John's Field

Olive Attwell - St John's Field

 

 

Photo:Arthur Barker - All Saints Church garden

Arthur Barker - All Saints Church garden

Photo:Gladys Barker - All Saints Church garden

Gladys Barker - All Saints Church garden

 

Photo:Jane Barrett, in Westfield Cemetery

Jane Barrett, in Westfield Cemetery

Photo:Christine Bates - in Westfield Cemetery

Christine Bates - in Westfield Cemetery

 

 

Photo:Dee Billing - Cricket ground

Dee Billing - Cricket ground

Photo:Bob Bradbury, Auxiliary Fireman - Rothamsted Park, football pitches

Bob Bradbury, Auxiliary Fireman - Rothamsted Park, football pitches

 

Photo:Clive Ernest Bygrave, near Rothamsted Park gates

Clive Ernest Bygrave, near Rothamsted Park gates

 
Photo:Raminder Chena - Lydekker Park

Raminder Chena - Lydekker Park

 

Photo:Mari Louth C ook, on the Common near the Public Halls

Mari Louth C ook, on the Common near the Public Halls

 
Photo:Fred and Millie Cox, Baalamb trees

Fred and Millie Cox, Baalamb trees

 

Photo:Paul Crake, Harpenden Lions, Rothamsted Park football ground

Paul Crake, Harpenden Lions, Rothamsted Park football ground

Photo:Bill Crombie, Marquis Lane fields

Bill Crombie, Marquis Lane fields

 

Photo:Mrs Snowdon Crossley, by the Cricket Ground

Mrs Snowdon Crossley, by the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:Arthur and Stella Dalton, Eastmoor Park, near Upper Cravells Road junction

Arthur and Stella Dalton, Eastmoor Park, near Upper Cravells Road junction

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Photo:Godfrey Dean, by the Baalamb trees

Godfrey Dean, by the Baalamb trees

 

Photo:The Dennehy family - on the Common beyond the cricket ground

The Dennehy family - on the Common beyond the cricket ground

 
Photo:Michael Doyle, Fountain Square

Michael Doyle, Fountain Square

 

 

Photo:Ann Drysdale, Rothamsted Park football ground

Ann Drysdale, Rothamsted Park football ground

Photo:Rev. William and Mrs Elliott, in the Sensory Garden

Rev. William and Mrs Elliott, in the Sensory Garden

 

Photo:David James Falder, on Leyton Green

David James Falder, on Leyton Green

Photo:Dot and Maurice Evans, by the Cricket Ground

Dot and Maurice Evans, by the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:Ron Fielder, by the Cricket Ground

Ron Fielder, by the Cricket Ground

Photo:Freddie, in Queens Road

Freddie, in Queens Road

 

 

 

Photo:Johy Fryd - Harpenden Hall garden wall

Johy Fryd - Harpenden Hall garden wall

Photo:Judy Fryd, on Harpenden Hall garden wall

Judy Fryd, on Harpenden Hall garden wall

 

Photo:Judy Fryd, on Fountain Square

Judy Fryd, on Fountain Square

Photo:Ian Fulton, outside Park Hall

Ian Fulton, outside Park Hall

 

Photo:Alice Gelling, in Westfield Cemetery

Alice Gelling, in Westfield Cemetery

Photo:Chris Gerrard, Young Hawks, Rothamsted Park football field

Chris Gerrard, Young Hawks, Rothamsted Park football field

 

Photo:Eric & Marjorie Golds on Fountain Square

Eric & Marjorie Golds on Fountain Square

Photo:Fred and Hannah Golds on Fountain Square

Fred and Hannah Golds on Fountain Square

 

Photo:Aland and Fred Golds, by the Southdown ponds

Aland and Fred Golds, by the Southdown ponds

Photo:Gwen, Bowling Close

Gwen, Bowling Close

 

 

Photo:Elizabeth Hardy, by the Baalamb trees

Elizabeth Hardy, by the Baalamb trees

Photo:Tony Hardy, in Westfield Cemetery

Tony Hardy, in Westfield Cemetery

 

Photo:Irene Harmer, St Nicholas church garden

Irene Harmer, St Nicholas church garden

 
Photo:Arthur Robert Hassell, by the Cricket Ground

Arthur Robert Hassell, by the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:George Higgins, on Fountain Square

George Higgins, on Fountain Square

  
Photo:Bob Hill, Batford Corner

Bob Hill, Batford Corner

 

Photo:Micheal Hill, Beessonend Lane

Micheal Hill, Beessonend Lane

Photo:James Holdaway, Lydekker Park

James Holdaway, Lydekker Park

 

 

Photo:Gill Hollier, Lydekker Park

Gill Hollier, Lydekker Park

Photo:Josephine Jenkins, by the Cricket Ground

Josephine Jenkins, by the Cricket Ground

 

 

 

Photo:'Joyce' - by the Rothamsted Park playgroundd

'Joyce' - by the Rothamsted Park playgroundd

Photo:Alan Kershaw, by the Cricket Ground

Alan Kershaw, by the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:Gladys and Jack Kiff - outside Southdown Co-op

Gladys and Jack Kiff - outside Southdown Co-op

Photo:Leo - with a message in French, near the Swimming Pool, Rothamsted Park

Leo - with a message in French, near the Swimming Pool, Rothamsted Park

 

Photo:John Lines, on the Common near Queens Road

John Lines, on the Common near Queens Road

 
Photo:Hilda Lydekker - Lydekker Park

Hilda Lydekker - Lydekker Park

 

Photo:Jim and Eileen Manger, Lydekker Park

Jim and Eileen Manger, Lydekker Park

 

 

Photo:Michael Marr, by the Cricket Ground

Michael Marr, by the Cricket Ground

Photo:Edward & Brenda Martin, St John's field

Edward & Brenda Martin, St John's field

 

 

Photo:Gerald McGuiness, St John's field

Gerald McGuiness, St John's field

Photo:Phyllis McNeill. St Nicholas garden

Phyllis McNeill. St Nicholas garden

 

Photo:Cllr Dorothy Mills, Harpenden Town Hall

Cllr Dorothy Mills, Harpenden Town Hall

 

Photo:Eric and Joan Miller - Rothamsted Park football ground. Dr Eric Miller was Secretary of Harpenden & District Local History Society for many years

Eric and Joan Miller - Rothamsted Park football ground. Dr Eric Miller was Secretary of Harpenden & District Local History Society for many years

Photo:Cllr Phyllis Moore, Sensory Garden

Cllr Phyllis Moore, Sensory Garden

Photo:David Moore, Common outside St John's church

David Moore, Common outside St John's church

Photo:Peter & Barbara New, Fountain Square

Peter & Barbara New, Fountain Square

 

 

Photo:Richard & Hazel Offer, Leyton Green

Richard & Hazel Offer, Leyton Green

Photo:Ralph Oliver, beside the Cricket Ground

Ralph Oliver, beside the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:Mrs E Pare - outside Harpenden Hall

Mrs E Pare - outside Harpenden Hall

Photo:Dorothy & Frederick Pearce, Church Green

Dorothy & Frederick Pearce, Church Green

 

 

 

Photo:Frank Popplewell, on the Common near the British Legion

Frank Popplewell, on the Common near the British Legion

Photo:Caroline & Gregory Poupard, Church Green

Caroline & Gregory Poupard, Church Green

 

 

 

Photo:Adam Prince, beside the Brickle/Prickle Dells

Adam Prince, beside the Brickle/Prickle Dells

Photo:Jean & Philip Reed - on the Common near Rivers Lodge

Jean & Philip Reed - on the Common near Rivers Lodge

 

 

Photo:Margaret Reeves - in Westfield Cemetery

Margaret Reeves - in Westfield Cemetery

Photo:Nan & Bob Renwick, beside Harpenden Trust Hall

Nan & Bob Renwick, beside Harpenden Trust Hall

 

 

 

Photo:Freifrau Witrud von Richthofen. in the Jeakings Rose Garden, Rothamsted Park

Freifrau Witrud von Richthofen. in the Jeakings Rose Garden, Rothamsted Park

 
Photo:Florence Roberts, in the Sensory Garden

Florence Roberts, in the Sensory Garden

 

Photo:Ann Rowe - Rothamsted Park football ground

Ann Rowe - Rothamsted Park football ground

Photo:Jill Saunders, St Nicholas garden

Jill Saunders, St Nicholas garden

 

Photo:Susan Scriverner - St Nicholas churchyard

Susan Scriverner - St Nicholas churchyard

Photo:Roy Simmons - in Westfield Cemetery

Roy Simmons - in Westfield Cemetery

 

Photo:Peter Sensky, Lydekker Park

Peter Sensky, Lydekker Park

Photo:Enid Slaughter, in St Nicholas garden

Enid Slaughter, in St Nicholas garden

 

 

 

Photo:Hilda & Leonard Smith, on the Common near Rivers Lodge

Hilda & Leonard Smith, on the Common near Rivers Lodge

Photo:Cynthia Southern - top of the Lime Avenue, Rothamsted Park

Cynthia Southern - top of the Lime Avenue, Rothamsted Park

 

Photo:Sarah Spells, by the Brickle/Prickle Dells

Sarah Spells, by the Brickle/Prickle Dells

 

Photo:Ian James Sterrett, beside the Cricket Ground

Ian James Sterrett, beside the Cricket Ground

Photo:Doris Irene Sylvester, by the Southdown Ponds

Doris Irene Sylvester, by the Southdown Ponds

 

 

 

 

Photo:Alan Stevens - in Westfield Cemetery

Alan Stevens - in Westfield Cemetery

Photo:Mary Stevens - in Westfield Cemetery

Mary Stevens - in Westfield Cemetery

 

Photo:Russell & Peggy Taylor, on the Common (Hayfield)

Russell & Peggy Taylor, on the Common (Hayfield)

Photo:Harold John Thurlow, beside the Cricket Ground

Harold John Thurlow, beside the Cricket Ground

 

Photo:Sarah Louise Torrens, on Church Green

Sarah Louise Torrens, on Church Green

Photo:Alderman Vic Truss - Harpenden High Street

Alderman Vic Truss - Harpenden High Street

 

 

Photo:Arthur (Bucky) Ward, beside the Silver Cup

Arthur (Bucky) Ward, beside the Silver Cup

Photo:George & Alice Wilkin, Silver Cup car-park

George & Alice Wilkin, Silver Cup car-park

 

Photo:Chris Wroe - middle of the Lime Avenue, Rothamsted Park

Chris Wroe - middle of the Lime Avenue, Rothamsted Park


 

This page was added by Rosemary Ross on 21/07/2020.
Comments about this page

The introduction has been expanded and some twenty more photos have been added.  Thank you to those who drew attention to omissions.  Please let us know if there are more memorials to add.

By Gavin Ross
On 08/10/2020

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