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Throwback Thursday: having fun in Harpenden village pond

PUBLISHED: 15:07 06 September 2018

The Silver Cup Pond. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

The Silver Cup Pond. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Before it became a grassland on Harpenden Common, the Silver Cup Pond was where generations of youngsters spent many joyful times paddling and sailing yachts.

This has been captured in this early postcard from John Coopers collection.

Recognising the popularity of the pond from the children, Sir John Bennet Lawes of Rothamsted Manor decided to have the pond concreted for safer and a more permanent environment in 1899.

It continued to be a popular venue until it was deemed a potential health risk, filled in and grassed over - marking the end of an era.

John Cooper is an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden - he has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

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

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