A guide through history of town

THE first ever garden city has blossomed over the years. When Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott visited the town in 2004 he described it as a role model for future development . However, Letchworth GC pioneer Barry Parker s widow said of the town in 1

THE first ever garden city has blossomed over the years.

When Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott visited the town in 2004 he described it as 'a role model for future development'.

However, Letchworth GC pioneer Barry Parker's widow said of the town in 1969: "Socially we didn't exist. People would look down on you if you came from Letchworth."

The journey from past to present is covered in David's Book of Letchworth.


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Locals waited a long time for a concise history and town guide and the launch evening was well attended.

Paul Wallace, manager at David's Bookshop in Letchworth GC, said: "It's fantastic for people that grew up here but now live away or abroad.

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Whereas previously they might have received a Letchworth calendar for Christmas they may now enjoy this."

The book also aims to appeal to people moving to the area who may like to know the background of the town and what it offers them today and those already living in Letchworth GC, from historians to activity seekers.

The idea behind the guide is to walk the reader through the town. It includes an assessment of the Letchworth GC legacy, its successes and failures, and a guide to sports facilities, schools, medical surgeries, arts and leisure and public bodies. The book also covers nearby towns and villages and the surrounding countryside.

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