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Throwback Thursday: Harpenden bridge used for World War Two exercises

PUBLISHED: 15:33 15 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:34 15 November 2018

A picture of Luton Road in the early 1900s. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

A picture of Luton Road in the early 1900s. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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This photo depicts a quiet area of Harpenden in the early 1900s before the area became a hive of activity during World War Two.

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.

This snapshot is of Luton Road, showing a 1875 bridge commonly know as The Arch.

It was built to carry trains between Harpenden and Hemel Hempstead before the line closed in 1947.

In November 1942, the area was a hive of activity, with the local Home Guard and Civil Defence services completing a combined exercise watched a team of military observers.

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, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

His next book, Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, was published on October 15 and John is hosting a book signing at Harpenden Books on November 17, from 10.30am to 1pm.

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

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