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#Harpenden : Harpenden’s most prestigious contribution to history is Rothamsted Manor and Rothamsted Research (formerly Rothamsted Experimental Station and later the Institute of Arable Crops Research), a leading centre for agricultural research. In front of its main building, which faces the common, is a stone, erected in 1893, commemorating 50 years of experiments by Sir John Bennet Lawesand Joseph Henry Gilbert
#Aldwickbury : The school dates its history from 1937 when Kenneth Castle took over as headmaster of Lea House School in Harpenden.The school consists partly of day pupils and partly of weekly boarders. The school had approximately 65 pupils at its inception, but has over 300 pupils today (including the Pre-rep).
# Batford: During WW2 a large prisoner of war camp was located in Batford adjoining what is now Common Lane and prisoners were present there until about 1947. When they had gone, the camp buildings were used to house local people who were waiting for housing which was in short supply at the time. Within a few years, a large housing estate was built on the site of the POW camp by the local authority.
# Breachwood Green: Breachwood Green lies 1 mile south-west of the old village, and its population is 614. Breachwood Green was serenaded by a Hitchin comedian, Paul B. Edwards, in a song making fun of the quiet village. The village has one pub, The Red Lion which is owned by Green King. The village has the only school (Breachwood Green JMI) in the parish which was built in 1859. During the 1970s there was a separate Post Office and Village Stores located in different parts of the village. The Post Office was originally located in Chapel Road next to the Red Lion this moved a few hundred yards along the road to north near St Mary’s rise, it then moved again in the mid-1970s to the village store on retirement of the village postmistress. The Village Store closed during the 1990s and has become part of a neighbouring car showroom which was formerly the village petrol station. To the north of the village is a partially restored windmill (without sails). Breachwood Green owes it existence to the farming community as the village was originally a collection of farms, Wheelwrights, Blackmiths and substantial stables. The village also has a large gothic Chapel.
# Flamstead: Flamstead is a village and civil parish in north-west Hertfordshire, England, close to the junction of the A5 and the M1 motorway at junction 9. The name is thought by some historians to be a corruption of the original Verulamstead. It should not be confused with the village of Flamstead End near Cheshunt in East Hertfordshire.
#Kimpton: Kimpton is a village, situated between the Mimram and Lea Valleys, about six miles south of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England. It is approximately four miles from Harpenden and Luton. The civil parish of Kimpton contains the settlements of Kimpton (population 1396), Blackmore End (population 811) and Peters Green(population 84). It also includes isolated farmhouses reached by narrow, high-banked, winding roads. Part of Peters Green is sometimes called “Perry Green”, but in Hertfordshire there is another Perry Green near Much Hadham.
# Luton Hoo: Luton Hoo is an English country house and estate between the towns of Luton,Bedfordshire and Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Most of the estate lies within the civil parish of Hyde, Bedfordshire. The unusual name “Hoo” is a Saxon word meaning the spur of a hill, and is more commonly associated with East Anglia.
#Markyate: Noteable residents include :
Christina of Markyate, a twelth century nun and mystic
Lady Katherine Ferrers, according to popular legend, the “Wicked Lady”, a 17th-century highwaywoman.
Martin Benson (10 August 1918 – 28 February 2010) was an English character actor, who appeared in films, theatre and television. He appeared in both British and Hollywood productions. He lived and died in the village.
# Redbourn: Redbourn was, for a long time, the centre of a farming community and for a time had a successful watercress business on the River Ver‘s water meadows. Just south of the village, Redbournbury Mill, a recently restored watermill, produces flour.Silk throwing was carried out at the steam driven Woollam’s Mill near Redbourn Common.The mill was taken over by John Mangrove & Son and closed in 1938. At the outbreak of the World War II, Brooke Bond took over the silk mill. Whilst the factory was still open, a young gentleman in the village fell into a vat of jam and died. After a successful lobbying campaign by several school children in 2003, a memorial bench was unveiled to ‘Sticky Joe’. After closing their factory in 1996 the old silk mill manager’s house (the Grade II listed Silk Mill House) was donated as the village museum, which opened in May 2000. The former silk mill site is now a housing estate. Local grocer Russell Harborough set up a jam making factory, which in 1956 was bought by Thomas Mercer Ltd, marine chronometer manufacturer. The site, just off the High Street, is now an industrial estate.Old industries in the village included making straw plait and hat making — Redbourn Village Hall was formerly a straw hat factory.
#Slip End : Slip End is a village and civil parish in Luton, Bedfordshire. As well as the village of Slip End, the parish contains the hamlets of Lower Woodside, Woodside andPepperstock. It has a population of 1,976.The name of Slip End possibly has a connection with the brickworks, Slip is an oldEnglish word for clay and End is quite common in Bedfordshire and not unknown in other counties. End refers to small settlements outside larger villages.
# Southdown : Noteable residents of Southdown and Harpenden include :
- Nan Asquith, the pen name of Nancy Evelyn Pattinson, the author of 20 or so romantic novels, settled in Harpenden after the war and stayed there until shortly before her death in the seventies.
- Julian Bliss, international clarinettist and child prodigy was born and raised in Harpenden.
- Steve Borthwick – who is the current Saracens rugby captain lives in Harpenden.
- Ken Brown, who played in the Ryder Cup and is now a commentator for major golf competitions such as the British Open, grew up and still lives in Harpenden and is a member of Harpenden Common Golf Club.
- Steve Bould Ex-professional footballer and current Arsenal assistant manager
- Craig Charles, comedian and actor in Red Dwarf and Coronation Street and host of the Funk and Soul Show and Robot Wars.
- Ralph Chubb, poet, artist and printer was born here in 1892.
- Dave Clarke visually impaired Paralympic GB football captain
- Donald Coxeter, 20th century geometer attended St. George’s School.
- Matt Dickinson, Everest mountaineer, author, scriptwriter and director.
- Lee Dixon, former Arsenal footballer.
- Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, involved in the Dreyfus affair lived in Milton Road, after his flight from France until his death in 1923. He is buried in St Nicholas’ churchyard.
- Siobhan Fahey, singer in Bananarama lived in Harpenden while she was 14 – 16. She attended Sir John Lawes School for those 2 years.
- Andy Farrell, Saracens and England Rugby player.
- Owen Farrell, rugby player for Saracens and a former member of St Georges School.
- Ronald Fisher, a statistician who almost single-handedly created the foundations for modern statistical science. worked atRothamsted Experimental Station.
- Ben Foden, Northampton Saints and England International Rugby Union player.
- Miles Golding, classical musician and violinist of Split Enz.
- Martin Gore from the band Depeche Mode.
- Chris Grigg, businessman, Chief Executive of British Land, lives in Harpenden
- Una Healy, singer from The Saturdays
- Richard Herring, Comedian and podcaster, living in Harpenden while London home is renovated.
- George Hogg, British journalist who rescued 50 orphaned children in China during the Japanese occupation.
- Frank Ifield, Australian singer and yodeller lived in Harpenden.
- Guy Johnston, cello soloist and winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000.
- Stanley Kubrick, filmmaker, lived and died in nearby Childwickbury Manor.
- Henry Lawson, Australian writer, lived in ‘Spring Villa’, Cowper Rd, Harpenden from July–September, 1900.
- Andy Linighan, former Arsenal footballer.
- Eric Morecambe, comedian, lived in Harpenden, close to his beloved Luton Town FC. His funeral and burial took place in St. Nicholas Church. The Public Halls are named after him.
- Albert Moses, an actor who starred in Mind Your Language playing Punjabi student Ranjeet Singh and a number of James Bond films.
- John Motson, Football commentator.
- Tim Rice, the composer, attended Aldwickbury School.
- Christopher Strauli, actor, who starred in Only When I Laugh and Full House was born in Harpenden.
- Dame Ellen Terry, actress 1847–1928, who lived in Harpenden from 1868 to 1874.
- Katherine Warington, research botanist, 1897-1993, born and lived in Harpenden; worked at Rothamsted Experimental Station.
- Sir John Wittewronge, owned and lived at Rothamsted Manor, where in the seventeenth century he kept a weather and gardening diary which has very early records of rain, temperature and winds.
- Ashley Young, Manchester United and England International football player.
- Richard Youngs alternative musician, grew up in the town and recorded several albums there, especially Lake and Advent.
- Jack Wilshere Arsenal and England International Football Player
- Jonathan Vernon-Smith Radio presenter for BBC Three Counties Radio was born in Harpenden and attended Sir John Lawes School.
#Wheathampstead: Wheathampstead is a village and civil parish in the City and District of St Albans, inHertfordshire, England. It is north of St Albans and in the Hitchin and Harpendenparliamentary constituency.The population of the ward of Wheathampstead at the time of the 2001 census was recorded as 6,058. This includes several hamlets in the parish.
#Whitwell: Whitwell is a village in the parish of St Paul’s Walden about six miles south of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England. Situated on a tableland, a spur of the Chilterns, Whitwell is about 400 feet above sea level. The soil is mostly clay with flints.It contains a number of early brick and half-timbered houses, several of which are of the 18th century. Local attractions include Waterhall Farm (an open farm and craft centre), and two country pubs, The Bull Inn and The Maidens Head. With the River Mimramrunning north-west to south-east through Whitwell, the village has been noted (apparently[according to whom?] since Roman times) for its production of prime watercress.