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Welwyn Garden City


41 Pictures of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Author: (anon)

First published: 1923 by Welwyn Garden City Bookshop

Format: Paperback 9" by 7" with 48 pages

 
 
 

The words and pictures in this book are reproduced below in full

IN his inner self almost every thoughtful man cherishes an ideal of a kingdom of towns and country, towns not over large nor over dirty, and a country not over full, but well cultivated in parts, and in parts even bare of settlers.

J. C. SQUIRE.


THE TOWN itself is . . . a cradle of life, a school of manners, and the foundation of civilization.

W. R. LETHABY.

Introduction

WELWYN GARDEN CITY has a history of a little over two years, though it is a neighbourhood that has been famous for generations as a choice district for good houses. The two years have seen the beginnings of a town which is already adding beauty to a lovely countryside. The forty-one pictures show what has been done so far. They show that it is possible to build a town for all classes of people, where utility, convenience, and economy, may be practised, and the amenities of modern town-life enjoyed, without spoiling the aspect of the country. Welwyn Garden City does, as yet, give no more than a suggestion of what it will become in the course of a few years - the town of fifty thousand, with its industry and rural belt; but these pictures more than hint at the order, design, and character that the place may be expected to possess, and point to the conclusion that this new town will not only be a good place to see, but to build or buy a house to live in. This is the first collection of pictures of Welwyn Garden City, and we send it out with confidence. We hope to add to it from year to year, and make it a useful record of the growth of the town.

 
 
 

YOU ASK ME where in peaceful grot
I'd choose to fix my dwelling ?
I’ll tell you; for I've found the spot,
And mortals call it Welwyn.

Its shade a solitude imparts,
All other shades excelling;
The County where it stands is Herts,
And hearts are lost in Welwyn.

I feel my own throw of its load
When passing by the Bell Inn;
And why ? Because I know the road
Will lead me on to Welwyn.

And when arrived beneath those trees
Secure from storm and felling,
The charms of beauty, friendship, ease,
All welcome me at Welwyn.

In other days, ere mute his tongue,
His Thoughts there Young sat telling:
Now I, although I am not young,
Fix all my thoughts on Welwyn.

His were but Night Thoughts, so they say,
But mine are more rebelling,
For though they're knight thoughts still by day
They're ever fixed on at Welwyn.

And when my sorrows and my grief
I seek to be repelling,
I always pray for such relief
As kindness gives at Welwyn.

Shall I implore those heathen dons
On high Olympus dwelling ?
No, faith; I’ll write to Mrs. Johnes
To ask me down to Welwyn.

THEODORE HOOK (1829).

 
 

 


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On Handside Lane


 
Cottages on Handside Lane
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

A quiet close off Handside Lane
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


 
A house facing the Green
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

A formal house and garden
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


 
A house in Canadian timber
Architect: Bernard Parkes

   
 
   

A house in the Welwyn Garden City red brick
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


 
A garden on Handside Green
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

Handside Close
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


 
A small house in stone
Architect: Bernard Parkes

   
 
   

The new town hostel
Architect: H. Clapham Lander, F.R.I.B.A.

A blending of old and new
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

At corner of Handside Lane & Russell Croft Rd
Architect: C. M. Crickmer, F.R.I.B.A., & Allen Foxley, M.A.

A house in High Oaks Road
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

The garden fronts on High Oaks Road


A pair of Georgian houses
Architect: Theodore Leake

   
 
   

A house overlooking the valley
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


A semi-bungalow on High Oaks Road
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

A garden on the Green
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


Handside Lane

   
 
   

Dellcott Close
Architect: Hennell & James


 
Meadow Green, off Handside Lane

   
 
   

A living room


 
A bed room

   
 
   

A dining room


 
A living room
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

A drawing room
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.


A drawing room facing on to a south-east porch
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

An interior
Architect: H. Clapham Lander, F.R.I.B.A.


The Cherry Tree Restaurant in the woods
Architect: Louis de Soissons, A.R.I.B.A., S.A.D.G.

   
 
   

In the woods


 
The Mimram

   
 
   

At Digswell Water


 
At Hatfield Hyde

   
 
   

Handside Lane


 
Lemsford

   
 
   

A road skirting the wood


 
The New Town Agricultural Guild
The Cow-shed: for production of 'Certified' milk

   
 
   

The Welwyn Garden City Stores


 
The Welwyn Garden City Stores

   
 
   

A part of the Welwyn Garden City Bookshop

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. . . . and the city we have described being thus established in the speediest and easiest manner, it will both be happy itself and be of the greatest advantage to that people among whom it is established.

PLATO'S 'REPUBLIC'


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