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Throwback Thursday: What happened to this Harpenden boarding school?

PUBLISHED: 14:31 17 January 2019

St Helena's College in Harpenden. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

St Helena's College in Harpenden. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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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 there was St Trinian’s, there was St Helena’s – a select private school that, according to the Harpenden Local History Society, taught middle-class girls destined to pursue the domestic sphere rather than the professional one.

Shortly after World War One the school closed. In 1920, the building was bought for £3,100 and became the Harpenden Memorial Nursing Centre to serve the memory of those who had lost their lives in the village during the war.

The building has since been renamed St Helena’s Court in tribute to its history, and now functions as a block of flats.

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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