Throwback Thursday: Snapshot of Harpenden blacksmith

PUBLISHED: 17:05 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:05 06 December 2018

Children outside a Harpenden blacksmith. Picture: John Cooper

Children outside a Harpenden blacksmith. Picture: John Cooper


Can you imagine living without water on tap in a place like Harpenden? Literally.

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 is a photo of children next to a hand-operated water cart used for laying dust on the stone surfaced road.

It was taken outside the 1820s blacksmith forge owned by H Line, near the Cock Pond, which closed in 1957 after it was worked by three generations of the same family.

Anvil House now sits on the site of the smithy, which was demolished in 1960 to make way for houses and a parade of shops.

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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