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Throwback Thursday: centuries old Harpenden church still centre of community

PUBLISHED: 19:00 13 September 2018

St Nicholas Parish Church: Picture: The collection of John Cooper

St Nicholas Parish Church: Picture: The collection of John Cooper

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The St Nicholas Parish Church shown in this postcard has been a feature of Harpenden’s community for hundreds of years, being built in the thirteenth century. The postcard is part of John Coopers collection and was sent on 14 April 1905.

Originally a chapel of ease to the mother church of St Helen’s in Wheathampstead, it remained a chapel until 1859 when the St Nicholas then became a Parish. The tower dates back to 1470 even with most of the building being demolished in the 1860.

The new church was consecrated on 7 November 1862 with Canon Vaughan as Harpenden’s first rector.

The church is now used in many different ways by the Harpenden community, raising money for a variety of charities and hosting groups such as the local scouts and guides in the church hall.

John Cooper is an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden - he has written A postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, and Harpenden: The Postcard Collection.

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

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