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Throwback Thursday: What happened to the stream running along Harpenden’s Lower High Street?

PUBLISHED: 15:19 22 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 22 November 2018

A bridge over the stream running along Harpenden's Lower High Street. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

A bridge over the stream running along Harpenden's Lower High Street. Picture: From the collection of John Cooper

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Could you imagine a babbling, meandering stream flowing quaintly through Harpenden?

This is a picture of such loveliness - a snapshot of a little rustic bridge over a brook which ran from the Cock Pond along Lower High Street.

It was at the junction with Vaughan Road, evidenced by the distinctive clock above jewellers Mr W Pellant and tailors Robert Jones, which can be seen in the background.

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.

But what happened to the bridge and stream? Increasing traffic caused the pond to become dirty and full of litter, and in 1928 it was filled in.

All the water was piped underground as part of a comprehensive drainage scheme.

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 his most recent work 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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