Letchworth Garden City, England
More on Letchworth Garden City
Letchworth was the brainchild of social reformer Ebenezer Howard, who in 1898 wrote
Garden Cities of Tomorrow, advocating a new type of town that pulls together the benefits of city and country living, while eliminating the disadvantages of both.
Among the elements of the design includes the zoning of industrial and residential precincts, and the incorporation of trees and open spaces in the design. While his ideas were ridiculed by the press, it found a following among the Quakers and members of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Howard’s concept of Garden City is one that is built within a belt of open countryside. In addition to urban planning, Howard’s book outlined a system for community management, some of which remained unfulfilled in Letchworth and later immitators.
Visiting Letchworth Garden City
From London, head north on the A1(M) motorway until Exit 9 and then continue northwest on the A505 to reach Letchworth Garden City.
Sights & Attractions to visit in Letchworth Garden City
- First Garden City Heritage Museum
Museum providing an insight into the ideals that led to the founding of Letchworth.