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Throwback Thursday: Do you remember a Harpenden indoor market?

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 16:42 18 April 2019

The Broadway Hall indoor market. Picture: John Cooper

The Broadway Hall indoor market. Picture: John Cooper

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The hustle and bustle of a thriving market visits Harpenden at least once a month, but does anyone remember the indoor market on the current Sainsbury's site?

The Broadway Hall indoor market. Picture: John CooperThe Broadway Hall indoor market. Picture: John Cooper

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.

Broadway Hall indoor market opened its doors in 1933, in an unused garden behind a row of shops known as Broadway Parade.

According to the Harpenden and District Local History Society, the market was in a large steel framed structure and clad with asbestos.

It was requisitioned by the army as a stores depot after the outbreak of World War Two, but reopened as a market in the early 1950s, and then closed and demolished in 1968.

This snapshot 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 last year.

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

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