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Throwback Thursday: Horse-drawn carriages in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 16:56 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:57 06 June 2019

William Hogg on his horse-drawn carriage outside Harpenden Station. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

William Hogg on his horse-drawn carriage outside Harpenden Station. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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There were 38 million vehicles licensed for use on British roads at the end of December 2018, according to the RAC Foundation.

But motorised cars only became commonplace in the 20th century - so how did people get around before then?

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

This picture is of William Hogg and his cab waiting for a fare outside Harpenden station in 1936.

At this time, many evening commuters preferred to use a horse-drawn cab over motorised transport and William was able to work until his death at 65 years old.

As a young man, William gained notoriety when he drove his horse into the Cock Pond to cool off - only for the animal to get stuck in the mud.

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.

His newest title, Harpenden History Tour, is scheduled to come out this month and John will be signing copies on June 22 between 11am and 1pm in Harpenden Books.

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

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