Ebenezer Howard purchases 590 hectares (1,458 acres) of open Hertfordshire countryside near the village of Welwyn for £51,000 at auction. This was the first parcel of development land. Pioneer Company formed.
Louis de Soissons appointed master planner and the first town plan adopted.
Welwyn Garden City Limited formed
Welwyn Stores Opens
Town population totalled 8,586
St Francis of Assisi church established as the Garden City’s Parish Church.
Opening of the new Welwyn Department Stores
Some houses destroyed and damaged in air raids.
Welwyn Garden City taken over by the Development Corporation. The Chairman was R G Gosling.
Last passenger train runs into Hertford North from Dunstable.
Coronation Fountain erected in Parkway.
Digswell Art Centre opened.
Gosling Stadium opens.
Death of Louis de Soissons.
Police Station in Stonehills closed, relocated to new Police Station on the Campus
Queen Elizabeth II opens the QEII hospital.
Death of Charles Benjamin Purdom, one of the town’s founder on 8 July 1965 in Welwyn Garden City at the age of 81.
Development Corporation wound up, handed over to Commission for the New Towns.
First Contact exhibition held.
HM The Queen Mother attends WGC Golden Jubilee.
Stanborough Lakes park opened.
According to the census, the town population now totalled 40,451.
Death of Sir Frederic Osborn, one of the town’s founders.
Sir John Betjeman opens the Welwyn Garden City Public Library.
Welwyn Hatfield District Council took executive power.
Gosling Stadium Sports Hall opens.
John Lewis Partnership acquire Welwyn Department Stores.
Howard Centre completed.
Richard Reiss Gardens at junction of Parkway and Russellcroft Road opened.
The Anniversary Arch, commemorating the 75th anniversary of WGC, is unveiled.
Stanborough outdoor swimming pool closes its doors for the last time.
According to the census, the town population totalled 43,252.
Police Station on the Campus closes.
The main library on the Campus reopens following major refurbishment, after a year in the Howard Centre.
Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation Limited formed, a registered charity aiming to oversee and lead, the organising of the Centenary celebrations.
The Ebenezer Howard sculpture was commissioned in 2019 and was made traditionally, first modelled in clay then moulded and cast in bronze. It weighs half a ton and stands over 7ft (2.2m) tall. It is set on a Welsh slate base.