Introducing Harpenden's History

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.

The Picture Gallery,  Maps & Plans, and information about publications in 'Our Resources' complements this section with scans of old photos, prints and a taster of items in our collection of artefacts.