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In the mid to late1950s we ten year olds used to "swim" in that pond despite the warnings about polio. The water was green and slimy and not more than a couple of feet deep.It was a man made concrete structure.

I worked in the instrument workshops as a draughtsman in the early 70's. Names I recall are: Brian Edwards, Dave Forder, Ron Turnpenny, Dave Clay and Don Burns.

This was filled in due to a scare of polio in the early 1960s. It was called the Silver Cup pond because it was opposite the pub of the same name.

Having grown up in Harpenden I remember The Silver Cup Pond very well. Firstly, to answer the question posed, I'm sure that the pond was named after the pub that stands on the main road not far away, which in my time was the A6, in it's day the fore-runner of the M1. It is possible that the silver cup (...Read full memory)

This pond used to be known as The Silver Cup Pond but I do not know where the name originated. Here was where children would sail toy boats or paddle. I have not yet come across a current photo or reference to this pond so I am wondering if it has survived health and safety strangulation. Would love to hear more about it.