New book by Garden City Collection historian and curator to show moments of Letchworth life through the decades

PUBLISHED: 13:59 20 November 2016

Spirella factory workers in Letchworth enjoy playing in the snow around 1920.

Spirella factory workers in Letchworth enjoy playing in the snow around 1920.

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A new book full of previously unreleased photos from Letchworth’s history is set to go on sale next month.

A pre-war aerial view of Letchworth.A pre-war aerial view of Letchworth.

Letchworth Garden City in Old Photographs, compiled and written by the Heritage Foundation’s Josh Tidy, features images from the Garden City Collection, some of which have only just been digitised.

And town historian and curator Josh, who is a passionate advocate for garden cities across the globe, hopes the people of Letchworth will enjoy this fresh look at the town.

“This latest book has a great selection of well-known landmarks and lesser-known gems,” he said.

“They really paint a picture of how the fledgling garden city developed into the town we know and love today.”

Letchworth fire station and crew around 1920.Letchworth fire station and crew around 1920.

The book, coming out early next month, will be available from the Community Museum Christmas Shop in The Arcade.

It complements a 2017 calendar featuring more familiar shots of the town, and a Letchworth charity Christmas card – featuring Spirella factory workers playing in the snow around 1920.

The cards cost £1 each, with 10 per cent going to the Heritage Foundation’s charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

The calendar and the cards are on sale now from the Tourist Information Centre in Station Road. They will also be stocked at the Christmas Shop when it opens on December 1.

Factory workers in Letchworth around the time of the First World War.Factory workers in Letchworth around the time of the First World War.

Josh is also looking for old photos of Letchworth Christmases gone by to become part of the Garden City Collection and a scrolling gallery at the Christmas shop. The collection is particularly interested in photos from the 1950s onwards.

The Garden City Collection now holds Arts Council England Accreditation, ranking it alongside some of the country’s most elite museums and galleries.

To find out more see their website at gardencitycollection.com.

Do you have old photos you’d like to share? Send them to Josh by email at josh.tidy@letchworth.com – or bring them into the Christmas Shop and they can digitise them for you.

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