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Throwback Thursday: Bowers Way ‘secluded and distinctive’ in 1930s

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 October 2018

Harpenden's Bowers Way in the 1930s. Picture: Collection of John Cooper

Harpenden's Bowers Way in the 1930s. Picture: Collection of John Cooper

Archant

Does anyone recognise this street?

You would be forgiven for not being able to pinpoint it, because it looks very different today. This is Bowers Way - which connects to Sun Lane in the centre of Harpenden.

When Bowers Way was built in the early 1930s it was a cul-de-sac, and it was not until the 1960s that the street was linked to Victoria Road.

The sign above the estate agents in this picture makes a bold claim: “Secluded and Distinctive Houses Carefully and Tastefully Decorated.”

This is a picture from the collection of John Cooper, an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden.

He has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

His most recent book, Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, will be published on October 15. He will be in Harpenden Books for a signing event on November 17, from 10.30am until 1pm.

Do you have an old picture to share? Let us know at enjoyhapendenmore@archant.co.uk

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