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Throwback Thursday: See how different Harpenden centre looks in 1930s

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 November 2018

A postcard of Harpenden centre looking south. Picture: John Cooper

A postcard of Harpenden centre looking south. Picture: John Cooper

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Do you recognise this picturesque strip of houses?

A similar view, present day. Picture: Google MapsA similar view, present day. Picture: Google Maps

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 colour postcard was produced in the 1930s to depict the then-village centre looking south, with the Cross Keys pub on the left.

A row of villas, which can be seen in the background of the snapshot, were built in the 1890s in an island site between the High Street and Leyton Road.

Today all those residences are shops with flats above.

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 most recently 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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