Throwback Thursday: when Harpenden High Street was traffic free

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 September 2018

Harpenden High Street. Picture: John Cooper

Harpenden High Street. Picture: John Cooper


The busy roads and lively businesses is a common sight for Harpenden’s high street and others like it across the UK. However, Harpenden’s High Street wasn’t always the active scene we now see today.

This photo from John Coopers collection has captured it in the days before pavement was laid on the roads and the town was traffic free.

It portrays some of the businesses before our time such as Gibson’s, auctioneers and estate agents; Herbet Irons, a cabinetmaker who was also an undertaker; and the newsagent and tobacconist shop of Levi Whitehouse.

It depicts a quieter time, showing how the town has evolved.

John Cooper is an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden - he has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

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

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