The Lawrence Family at Hatching Green


No. 4 is in the right-hand block
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The White House, formerly the Horse & Jockey, at the end of Harpenden Racecourse
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No. 4 Thatched Cottages (the middle cottage of three), Hatching Green, Harpenden, was the home of the Lawrence family from c.1900 to c.1930.  There were 13 children, the last one born c.1920.  Their mother lived to the age of 94 years, dying after breaking a femur; until then a very fit woman.

In about 1930 this Lawrence family moved to the ‘White House’, St Albans Road, Harpenden – the isolated house on a bend about 300 yards south of Cross Lane.  That house then had no piped water or electricity, oil lamps being used after dark.

Information from a conversation with the youngest members of this family, who, together with a brother, had a bakery at Bricket Wood until about 1980.  He was living in retirement in a village just outside Inverness when Eric Meadows met him in 1987.

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  • The Lawrence Bakery was owned by my Great Grandad, Stanley Claude Lawrence. My granddad Cyril Stanley Lawrence and his brothers worked there and I believe my Dad used to make deliveries for them on his bike.
    I love reading the comments and memories about the bakery.
    Ed: If you have any memories/comments/stories about the Lawrences and the bakery we would be pleased to have them as comments on this post.

    By Cathy Ward (31/07/2023)
  • Reading your memories of the Lawrence family reminded me that I used to work for the two brothers David and Lawrence until I was about 20 years of age back in the sixties to the 70s. I thoroughly enjoyed it – working with a wonderful old oven and then I did a bakery round around Brickett Wood in the van.

    By Terrence Butler (03/02/2022)

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