Harpenden started life as a small village but grew and prospered as a commuter town after the arrival of the railway in 1860. Today it is very popular with families moving out of London with its attractive high Street with plenty of independent retailers, excellent communications (close proximity to the M1 and M25 and less than 30 minute commute into central London) and excellent state and independent schools.
Harpenden’s expansion left a wonderful selection of Victorian, Edwardian and vernacular-style houses built in the years between the two world wars and much of the town enjoys the protection of being in a conservation area, one of the largest in Hertfordshire.
Why Harpenden History
Harpenden village grew out of Westminster Abbey's gradual clearing of woodland for farming and settlement within its Wheathampstead manor, granted by Edward the Confessor in 1060.
The arrival of the railway system from 1860 and the sale of farms for residential development after 1880 radically changed Harpenden's surroundings.
Between 1848 and 1914 the common was a regular venue for horse racing, attracting both racegoers and hordes of pickpockets who made the journey by train from London.
Harpenden is also the home of Rothamsted Research a leading centre for agricultural research.
Harpenden has a wide range of attractive properties. There are large detached Victorian and Edwardian houses on spacious plots, smaller semi-detached and terrace houses and also more modern houses and flats.
Harpenden’s exceptional state schools are one of the main reasons families decide to settle in the town which also contributes to higher house prices. Almost all Harpenden’s state primary schools are judged either “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted. There are also excellent independent schools in the area such at Aldwickbury Boys School and St Hildas Girls School.
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