Jersey Farm - 1970s

Our Legacy

In 1905, EC Jarvis travelled to Harpenden from his Enfield home to visit his grandfather, who was building a new post office in the High Street. Impressed with the prospects for housing development in Harpenden, he borrowed some money and bought a small parcel of land in Moreton Avenue.

Over 100 years later the company remains family owned, and is overseen by Emma Parkinson – a 4th generation member of the family associated with the company, and granddaughter of Tony Jarvis (who led the company for four decades following the Second World War).

1905

Ernest Charles Jarvis, founds the company in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

May 1905

Our first housing development at Moreton Avenue, Harpenden.

1909

Acquisition of a builders yard at 13 Vaughan Road, Harpenden.

1910

Development of a building program for St George’s School, Harpenden.

1914-1918

First World War.

1923

First contract for Rothamsted Research, Harpenden.

1930s

Development of the Harpenden Common estate – now known as West Common. The estate was opened up with the laying out of West Common Way.

1939-1945

Second World War.

1953

First contract valued at £100,000.

1956

Formation of Jarvis Heating.

1980

First contract valued at £300,000.

1980s

Acquisition of the Plant & Transport Yard at Woodside.

2005

The company celebrates its centenary with a ‘Party in the Park’ for all employees.

2005

Launch of the Jarvis Centenary Scholarship in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

2007

The company relocates to Waterside, a purpose-built head office.

2009

Completion of the Heather Jarvis sports centre at St George’s School, Harpenden.

2012

2015

Redevelopment of Gleneagle Manor, Harpenden.

2016

Appointment of Emma Parkinson as Chairman.

2018

Completion of Prime Place, Cheshunt, which at the time was our largest project to date, valued at £22,000,000.