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David’s Bookshop. Letchworth Garden City

19 Jul

One of the pleasures of giving talks is the places that I visit. This week was David’s Bookshop and Music shop in Letchworth, a lovely, independent bookshop that arranges presentations monthly and has some interesting people booked to present. I took two granddaughters with me, a small challenge! but the audience was involved and informed, as judged by the questions.

Letchworth Garden City was the first Garden City. It was designed by Ebenezer Howard. He had lived in Chicago after the great fire of 1871 and watched the regeneration of the business district. He was also influenced by Lever and Cadbury to design a city that mixed urban and rural sections. Welwyn Garden City was built on the same lines — factories, houses, shops, businesses combine with a rural influx  of trees and water. It is remarkably successful