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Throwback Thursday: A glimpse of paradise in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 12:18 31 January 2019 | UPDATED: 13:57 31 January 2019

A picture of Harpenden Common in the 1930s, from the collection of John Cooper, for our Throwback Thursday highlight. The area was coined Little Switzerland. Picture: John Cooper

A picture of Harpenden Common in the 1930s, from the collection of John Cooper, for our Throwback Thursday highlight. The area was coined Little Switzerland. Picture: John Cooper

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Our Throwback Thursday highlight aims to show just how much the town has changed and evolved over time, using old pictures of what it used to be like.

Any claims that Harpenden is ugly will be rightly dispelled after seeing these images of Harpenden Common. Lush trees, a picturesque pond (RIP) – what more could you want?

These photos of the Common in the 1930s aptly express the beauty of this area, which earned the title Little Switzerland. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Call Me By Your Name sequel was set here. Or perhaps a Kate Bush music video.

This picture is 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, Harpenden: The Postcard Collection, and Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, which was published on October 15.

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

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