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Throwback Thursday: Remembering Harpenden's well-loved village grocer

PUBLISHED: 13:55 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 13:55 02 May 2019

Harriden's the grocers was well-loved in Harpenden. This picture is published as part of the Enjoy Harpenden More Throwback Thursday series. Picture: John Cooper

Harriden's the grocers was well-loved in Harpenden. This picture is published as part of the Enjoy Harpenden More Throwback Thursday series. Picture: John Cooper

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Harpenden High Street has evolved over the years, but many distinctive shops remain in the town's memory.

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 of the grocers at 5 High Street, locally known as Harriden's. The site was built in the 1890s and initially opened by a TJ Clarke, but AJ Harriden took over the business in 1922.

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It closed in the 1970s but the frontage remains relatively unchanged today, maintaining the same wooden double doors and lattice window work by the entrance.

The site is now occupied by Perry Florist.

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.

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

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