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Throwback Thursday: Harpenden's preparations for World War Two

PUBLISHED: 17:19 09 May 2019

A picture of workmen digging trenches in Harpenden in 1939. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

A picture of workmen digging trenches in Harpenden in 1939. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Last year marked a century since the end of World War One, and Harpenden celebrated the occasion with various events throughout the year.

But have you seen a picture of Harpenden just before the beginning of World War Two?

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 is a picture taken in the summer of 1939, showing workmen dig a trench in the town.

Preparations for the ongoing conflict were kicking off all over the country, with trenches dug, air raid shelters put up, doors and windows blacked out, and adhesive tape stuck inside windows as a protection against a bomb blast.

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, which was published on October 15 last year.

His newest title is coming out in June this year.

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

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