Proposal for new houses in Moreton Avenue, 1905

The first Jarvis development

Plan for Moreton Avenue estate, 1905
Douglas Peters: The Harpenden Jarvis, 1905-2005
No. 3 and No. 1, with turret.
John Marlow, 2011
No.7 Moreton Avenue - the marital home in 1906
John Marlow, 2011
No. 13, the family home until 1922
John Marlow, 2011
The east side of Moreton Avenue
John Marlow, 2011

E C Jarvis started as a builder in Harpenden on 5 May 1905.  The houses he built were similar in plan and appearance to the houses he had been working on in Ealing.  The original drawings and plans he submitted to Harpenden Urban District Council were returned to the Jarvis Group when the HUDC merged with St Albans District Council in 1975.

The houses were slow to start selling – and Mr Jarvis depended on sales to continue building.  The first sale – of No. 1 – was to Mr Talbot, a railway engineer, who lived there till his death in 1951, an uninterrupted occupation of over 45 years.

Ernest Jarvis married Miss Phoebe Mockridge in 1906 and moved into No. 7, and later to number 13, where his four children were born: Geoffrey, Ronald, Jim and Heather.

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