Up to the 13th century the area of the parish consisted of woodland with small hamlets and single farmsteads around cleared areas called "End" or "Green" and there are 19 Ends and 18 Greens in area of Harpenden and Wheathampstead parishes. Many of these still survive today.[7]

Harpenden is home to various sports clubs. Just a selection are listed below:

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There are two civil parishes: Harpenden and Harpenden Rural.

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. A first reference to a parish church is in 1221 (where it is referred to as Harpendene) so it is inferred that the village grew up around then. The church of St Nicholas is the oldest church in the town, originally built as a Chapel of ease in 1217.

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Rothamsted Research, the largest agricultural research centre is based in Harpenden, it was founded in 1843.

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Harpenden Health and Wellbeing Centre open afternoon on Saturday 17 September from 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

Our close identification with the area that makes Savills not just an important business presence in Harpenden but a valued community one, too. We are delighted to get involved through initiatives like our cash back scheme: when a vendor chooses us to sell their property, we donate £1,000 to a local school or sports club with which they are connected.

The Nickey Line railway used to link Harpenden, Redbourn and Hemel Hempstead. It has since been converted to a path forming part of the National Cycle Network.

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Harpenden Golf Club, a private members club, founded in 1894 is a mature parkland course and with ongoing investment ensures that it is one of the best in the county.

Harpenden Golf Club is on the edge of Harpenden, a picturesque Hertfordshire town situated 5 miles north of the historic town of St Albans. Situated within easy access of the M1 motorway, less than 3 miles from Junction 9, Harpenden Golf Club is very accessible.

During the Second World War, Harpenden was used to evacuate children from heavily-bombed London. However, Harpenden was not totally confident in its safety, as evidenced by the now decaying Bowers Parade air raid shelters,[14] soon to be secured for the future. It has been suggested both that it be used for educational and emergency training purposes.[15]

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France at Home bring their popular French market to Harpenden 23-24 September.

A widespread but now little-known industry of Harpenden was straw-weaving, a trade mainly carried out by women in the nineteenth century. A good straw weaver could make as much as a field labourer. The straw plaits were taken to the specialist markets in St Albans or Luton and bought by dealers to be converted into straw items such as boaters and other hats or bonnets.

Visitors are welcome at Harpenden Golf Club during the week and by arrangement at weekends and Bank Holidays and can look forward to a fair challenge on our mature and interesting course. After your golf enjoy a snack or meal in the bar or dining room of our friendly clubhouse. We are an equal opportunities club and both men and ladies are welcomed to enjoy our facilities.

Harpenden is the home of 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 Lawes and Joseph Henry Gilbert..

Harpenden Golf Club has a membership of more than 800. General membership (7 day) is open to both men and ladies, and there is also a very active junior section. An extensive social programme offers members the opportunity to enjoy varied social occasions and excellent food to suit every taste.

Our property focus is local but our reach is global, with the back-up of Savills’ formidable array of specialist expertise and international network. It is this combination that allows us to get the best out of the local market for you.

Just to the south of Harpenden is the large expanse of Nomansland Common.

At Savills Harpenden, we do not just know the area; we live it. Many members of our sales and lettings teams are local, so our approach to Harpenden’s property market combines the rigorous expertise you would expect from a big company like Savills with the personal insight and practical know-how that perhaps you would not.

In addition the town has large green public spaces available in Rothamsted Park, Batford Park, Kinsbourne Green, Lydekker Park and the Nicky Line which bisects the town.

A number of bus services pass through Harpenden. There are 5 main frequent and reliable routes.


The A6 used to run through Harpenden, although the road numbering was changed to avoid congestion. The M1 runs nearby. The closest access to the M1 is Junction 9 at Redbourn & Dunstable or alternatively Junction 10 for Luton & Airport.

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Harpenden is a prosperous town. In an analysis of the average income tax paid by constituency, Hitchin and Harpenden came 10th.[19] In a list of the most valuable commuter areas compiled by Savills Research Harpenden came 7th. Good transport links to central London have been cited as a key factor.[20]

There are Roman remains in land around Harpenden, for instance the site of a mausoleum in the park at Rothamsted.[5] A tumulus near the river Lea was opened in the 1820s and it contained a stone sarcophagus of Romano-Celtic origin. Five objects dating from around 150 AD, were inside including a glass jug with a Mediterranean stamp and samian ware dishes used for libations.[6]

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Harpenden has a large number of its streets named after English literary figures on the East side of the town (an area known, unsurprisingly, as the Poets' Corner), including Byron Road, Cowper Road, Kipling Way, Milton Road, Shakespeare Road, Spenser Road, Shelley Court, Tennyson Road, Townsend Road, Masefield Road and Wordsworth Road.

The Harpenden and District Local History Society[16] has a collection of local material and archives which can be consulted, and holds regular meetings on topics of historical interest.