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Throwback Thursday: A taste of luxury in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 17:00 10 January 2019

The Glen Eagle Hotel in Harpenden. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

The Glen Eagle Hotel in Harpenden. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Harpenden locals will probably never splash out on a hotel in the town - but the area can boast some lovely overnight accommodation.

But what was the offering like in the 19th century?

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.

Originally built in the 1880s for an important player in the Harpenden Conservative Club, Captain Charles Braithwaite, the Glen Eagle Hotel was later converted to the “charming” Kirkwick Hotel.

In 1939 it changed ownership and name, becoming the Glen Eagle Hotel, and in 2008 it became the Glen Eagle Manor Hotel.

After extensive alterations, it is now called Gleneagle Manor. It is currently home to a complex of luxury apartments.

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 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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