Letchworth is the world’s first Garden City, based on the pioneering theories of Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928).
Howard foresaw a new community which combined the best of both town and country, and Letchworth was developed from 1903 to realise Howard’s aims. The ground plan was by Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, with tree-lined streets, low-density housing, spacious gardens and public parks.
The Letchworth Garden City Society was founded in 1978. It is for everyone interested in the town – its buildings, architecture, amenities and social history – as well as the principles on which it was founded.
In addition to promoting interest in the Garden City and the Arts & Crafts Movement from which it was conceived, the Society is active in local conservation to ensure that Letchworth’s unique character and appearance is protected and preserved, and that any new developments are in keeping with this environment.
The Society is represented on many local groups including the Town Forum, the Architectural Heritage Advisory Group and the Architectural Heritage Award Scheme. We have nominated a Governor for the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.
The views of the Society are regularly requested by both the North Hertfordshire District Council and the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation on all major issues concerning the town.
Society members have collaborated closely with the Garden City Heritage Museum, for whom we have undertaken a photographic survey of the Conservation Area.
We organise visits to historic houses and gardens, and other planned developments such as Hampstead Garden Suburb and guided walks around the Garden City.
We publish a free quarterly newsletter containing interesting articles on aspects of Letchworth past and present and have a season of monthly evening meetings, beginning each September and ending with the AGM in June.
These meetings are usually held at The Settlement and generally include talks and slide lectures on subjects including local history, archeology and the natural environment; local planning, architects, designers and the decorative arts. There is only a small admission fee and Non-members are welcome.
You will find the Society informal, friendly and welcoming to new members. For a small annual membership fee you will pay a reduced entry fee to attend meetings, and be sent copies of the Societies newsletter quarterly.
If you would like to join please contact us by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to one of our meetings.