Harpenden Travel Guide

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    A house on the common
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    St Nicholas Church
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Harpenden Things to Do

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church

    This Roman Catholic church is located very close to the parish church of St Nicholas. It was built in 1929.

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  • St Nicholas Church

    The first church dedicated to St Nicholas was probably built in the 12th century but all that remains of this are a few fragments of stone capitals found on various windowsills. This building, with the exception of the tower, was demolished in 1860 and rebuilt partly in the 14th century style. The octagonal font dates from the 12th century and came...

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  • Lydekker Park

    This park was part of the garden of Harpenden Lodge, built in 1803 and the home for many years of the Lydekker family. It was taken over by the town council in 1998 and the ponds renovated following contamination. Boards detailing the parks wildlife can be found at the entrances.

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  • Tollgate House

    Now an estate agents, this building was the town's tollgate where tolls were collected for goods, services and livestock entering the town in the old days.

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  • Southdown Ponds

    Southdown Ponds, located on the eastern side of the Common, were created in 1928 to take water run-off from nearby roads at times of heavy rain. They were originally gravel pits dug out in the 1870s. Before the ponds were dug, rainwater gathered in Cock Pond which was located where the common and the High Street meet, opposite the Old Cock Inn....

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  • Harpenden Common

    Harpenden Common is the largest expanse of greenery in the town and lies to the south of the High Street. It's where the old village first grew up during the 13th century and where the common folk could roam about freely with their farm animals. Today, it retains its village feel and you wouldn't know that you're in a town of 30,000 as you walk...

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Harpenden Nightlife

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    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

    There are around a couple of dozen pubs in Harpenden with lots of them being located around the Common and along the High Street. For a full list, visit the website below.

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Harpenden Transportation

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    Harpenden station was built in 1868 and connects the town with London St Pancras International. It's possible to take trains to Bedford, Luton, St Albans and all the way to Brighton via the Thameslink service operated by First Capital Connect. For more information on services and timetables, check out the website below.

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Harpenden Favorites

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    by Willettsworld Written May 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Originally built in 1850 as a school, Park Hall was for many years allowed to deteriorate and consequently its use as a community use building was diminished. In 1988 there was a proposal to demolish it and to sell the land, but because of its historic importance to Harpenden this proposal was rejected and instead the District Council placed a Conservation Order on the building and in 1994 Harpenden Town Council secured a 99-year lease for it to be used as a community hall. The Town Hall, behind Park Hall, contains a very useful tourist information point where you can find town maps and information leaflets.

    http://www.harpenden.gov.uk

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