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Throwback Thursday: Origins of the Harpenden funfair

PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 December 2018

Origins of the Harpenden funfair were on Church Green. Picture: From the collection John Cooper

Origins of the Harpenden funfair were on Church Green. Picture: From the collection John Cooper

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Bright lights and whirling rides make a regular appearance on Harpenden Common in the 21st century. But what about in the past?

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.

Before World War One, young people eagerly awaited the arrival of the Statute Fair, known as Statty, to Harpenden village.

It brought roundabouts, swingboats, and various stalls to Church Green every third Tuesday of September.

The attraction originated as a hiring fair, where local employers could recruit local farmworkers, domestic servants, and artisans.

Once an agreement had been reached, employers would give their new staff member a small sum to spend at the event.

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 most recently 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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