Throwback Thursday: “Fine old trees” lining Harpenden street

PUBLISHED: 15:35 01 November 2018

Leyton Road in the 1890s. Picture: John Cooper

Leyton Road in the 1890s. Picture: John Cooper


Do you recognise this popular Harpenden thoroughfare?

The photo is a snapshot of Leyton Road looking north, when it was a quiet route away from the main High Street.

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.

In the 1890s, a shop called Anscombe’s produced a brochure describing themselves as “half hidden by fine old trees, [we are] a dignified, well-proportioned two-storey run of shop front and showroom”.

The trees were removed in 1962 and the shop closed twenty years later.

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, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

His next book, Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, was published on October 15 and John is hosting a book signing at Harpenden Books on November 17, from 10.30am to 1pm.

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

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