Sun Lane corner

Cottages demolished to widen the lane around 1930

Sun Lane corner, c.1900

Sun Lane probably derives its name from The Sun pub, but there seems to have been another pub of this name in a different location (more research on this is needed!). However, The Sun, in Sun Lane, may have been at the corner with the High Street from about 1637. In the 1780s it belonged to the Hawkins family, and it closed around 1800 – or maybe as late as 1877. From the photo taken around 1900, the structure appears to be a late C17 timberframed structure, by which time it was occupied as cottages.  In 1861 the schoolmistress of the National School (St Nicholas school) was Miss Jane Grey, who was a boarder at a house in Sun Lane, possibly one of the cottages seen in the views up the lane.

The early structures became clearer when the northern end was demolished in the late 1920s for the widening of Sun Lane. The remaining part of the building (71-73 High Street) was converted into shops in 1955.

Sun Lane, before it was widened in 1928, involving the removal of the left hand/northern bay of 75 High Street, when the timbers became exposed

Comments about this page

  • Are these comments about the brick and timber cottage behind the brick wall right on the corner as you leave main road and go up Sun Lane? If so my father and his parents lived here many many years ago. Would be good to find out what it’s like now. And yes about gardener, my grandfather was the gardener there then. About 1930’s.

    Ed – The page is about the cottage which was part-demolished when Sun Lane was widened in 1929, but the comments are about Gardener’s Cottage, where your grandfather lived - behind the wall of Harpenden Lodge, on the other side of Sun Lane.

    By Caroline (31/01/2018)
  • Thank you so so much for the painting about our house. At least we have some info about this beautiful little cottage.

    By Harriet Maylin (25/05/2013)
  • We live at 2 Luton Road since November 2012 and just can’t find any history on this little “dolls house”, I have looked through all the info on this site. All I know is that it belonged to the gardener of Lydekker.

    Ed. We do not have much information, but in our archive collection we have a delightful watercolour sketch of the cottage by Hilda Lydekker.

    By Harriet Maylin (03/05/2013)

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