Nostalgic Harpenden: High Street snap shows bustling centre nearly a century ago

PUBLISHED: 11:13 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:18 08 August 2018

Harpenden High Street, 1930s. Picture: John Cooper

Harpenden High Street, 1930s. Picture: John Cooper


There is often talk about high streets around the UK dramatically changing in the 21st Century - for better or worse.

But Harpenden High Street is arguably still thriving and has been for a long time.

This picture shows the retail hub in the 1930s, bustling with activity.

Tobacconist Thorns can be seen in the same place it is today.

It is from the collection of John Cooper, who is an author of pictorial history books about Harpenden. He has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

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