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Throwback Thursday: A Harpenden New Year’s Eve that went down in history

PUBLISHED: 17:03 07 February 2019

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

St John's Church 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.

St John’s Church, forebodingly known as the Paper Church, was completely destroyed by a fire on New Year’s Eve 1905.

We do not know what sort of wild celebration was happening at the time, but we are very upset not to have been invited.

Despite this, townspeople refused to be disheartened. In a feat of determination, they rebuilt the church. Cue building montage, set to the song ‘Be A Man’ from Mulan, naturally.

The new church, designed by noted architect Frederick Charles Eden, was built in St John’s Road and was consecrated on March 2 1908.

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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