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Throwback Thursday: Learning printing skills in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 15:50 04 April 2019

Apprentices learning printing at Highfield Oval in Harpenden. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

Apprentices learning printing at Highfield Oval 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.

This particular picture is of the Printing School at Highfield Oval, where apprentices studied for five years towards their City and Guilds examinations.

Other trades were taught in the building, for example bootmaking, carpentry, and engineering. Girls focussed on secretarial duties such as typewriting and shorthand.

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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