Welwyn Garden City 100 – A study day organised by The Garden Trust – postponed
Our venue is an example of one of the earliest churches in the town, designed by Lois de Soissons. It is conveniently situated about five minutes walk from the station and there are several public car parks close by.
The study day will look at all aspects of this pioneering city and the ideas which were to influence numerous developments both in the UK and abroad throughout the 20thCentury – and into the 21st!
The morning session of lectures will be chaired by Dr Sarah Rutherford, author of the Shire Book on Garden Cities. Our speakers are:
- Kate Harwood (Hertfordshire Gardens Trust) who has carried out extensive research in the vicinity; will look at the area pre 1919 the agricultural landscape, the medieval park at Woodhall, the Tudor landscape at Digswell and the work of Brown and Repton.
- Annabel Downs, former archivist of the Landscape Institute, who will examine the first phases of development of the town from 1919 to the 1950’s.
- Claire de Carle (garden historian) who grew up in Welwyn Garden City; will review how it has changed from the 1960’s to the millennium.
- Shaun O’Reilly of the Welwyn Garden City Society will enlarge on the challenges facing managing the Garden City landscape, emerging local Plan and development pressures and question what the future holds for Welwyn.
After a sandwich lunch a walking tour will be led by members of Hertfordshire Gardens Trust. We will focus on the central part of the town which was the first area to be developed and where Raymond Unwin’s Garden City and de Soissons’ ‘City Beautiful’ design concepts can be seen. Houses were built in numerous different styles some of which were part of the Daily Mail Model Village, built on Meadow Green in 1922 as part of the Ideal Home Exhibition.
Following the walk, we shall return to the church for tea and cake.
United Reformed Church,
Welwyn Garden City,
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