Detail from a photo of Harpenden High Street, c.1900
The White Lion is first recorded in 1871, but its landlord, William Robinson was earlier at the nearby Marten Cat, of which we have little other evidence.
This little Victorian pub features in a number of early photos of Harpenden High Street, with a substantial model of a lion standing on the wrought iron bracket. This survived into the 1950s, but has later been replaced by signs hanging from the original bracket.
Harpenden High Street, 1890s. Credit: LHS archives – LHS B1.41
Postcard by D F Merrett, c.1900. Credit: LHS archives – LHS B2.55
Detail from a photo of Harpenden High Street in the 1950s
The White Lion – c.1980. Credit: LHS archives – LHS 6537
The White Lion – May 1990. Credit: LHS archives – LHS 12946
Perfect Pizza – 2011. Credit: Rosemary Ross, January 2011
Now Pappa Johns – 2015. Credit: Nick Warren