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Throwback Thursday: Anderson shelters distributed around Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 17:34 13 June 2019

Anderson Shelters were distributed around Harpenden for free, before 1939. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

Anderson Shelters were distributed around Harpenden for free, before 1939. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Air raid shelters were a vital means for ordinary citizens to protect themselves against bombing during World War Two, and Harpenden civilians were no different.

This picture was taken before 1939, when free shelters were distributed to all householders around the country.

Coined an Anderson shelter after Home Secretary John Anderson, the structures could accommodate six people and were based on a number of arched and straight corrugated steel panels in a three to four feet deep pit.

This picture is published as part of our Throwback Thursday highlight, which aims to show just how much the town has changed over time, using old pictures of what it used to be like.

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

He has added that these Anderson shelters, although effective, were cold, uncomfortable and prone to flooding.

John has written A Postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, Harpenden: The Postcard Collection, and Harpenden: A Village in Wartime.

His newest title, Harpenden History Tour, is coming out on June 15.

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

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