Delving into Harpenden History

January 27th 2017
By: Melanie
Delving into Harpenden History

Every village city or town has its story and Harpenden is no exception. Last year the Harpenden Local History society published Harpenden from Village to Town a short history of Harpenden written by Jean Gardner who wanted to give, “newcomers and those who are Harpenden born and bred an outline of how and why Harpenden has grown and changed over the past 1000 years.” If you missed it last June you might want to look it up, it’s available at all events run by Harpenden Local History Society, through Harpenden Books, 48 High Street or News4U, 1a Station Road, for £3, or by ordering from the society.
It is easy to slip into the notion that Harpenden is still a village as it has such a strong village feel that appeals to so many of the residents despite its proximity to London.  Town or village it is always interesting to know more about the history of where you live to help make you feel like you belong to a community. The Harpenden and District Local History Society will help you on your way.
Founded in 1973 the society came together with the intention of researching and recording Harpenden's history and sharing it.  Over the years they have collected maps, photographs and artefacts relating to the past history of Harpenden which are on show in quarterly exhibitions at Park Hall, Leyton Road, Harpenden on selected Saturdays, they also organise a series of meetings each year, usually on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm in the Southdown Room, Harpenden Public Hall.  If it’s hard to get to meetings they send out three Newsletters a year containing photographs and articles relating to historical events in and around Harpenden.  If you want to know more about where you live they are worth checking out.