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Letchworth Local History Research Group

Because of the virus emergency there won't be any face-to-face meetings for some time but the group continues to liaise by email.

We now want to emphasise that research and publication (in a variety of media) is our core activity and would like to welcome new, committed, members. No special skills are necessary, just regular attendance at our monthly meetings.

Industrial Letchworth: The First Garden City 1903–1920 is now available from David’s Bookshop, other bookshops, online sources and direct from University of Hertfordshire Press.
Buying a copy will support future research projects, which will start when we can meet in person.

Please make sure to check the 'Group events' panel on the right ⇒ for the time and venue of the next meeting.  Meetings are no longer possible at the International Garden City Exhibition (IGCE)  296 Norton Way South, SG6 1SU, as it has closed during the current virus emergency.

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Our latest book: Industrial Letchworth

The (then) Letchworth Local History Group’s exhibition in October 2015 titled Letchworth – England’s first new industrial town? aimed to highlight Letchworth as, primarily, an industrial experiment. The Group’s first project was a study of the 1911 Census data for the town; we envisage building on this when the 1921 data becomes available, as it will offer a fascinating picture of the first 18 years of Letchworth. 

Exhibition: Letchworth Industry 1905 to 1920

In October 2015 the Letchworth Local History Group mounted a highly successful exhibition in the Letchworth Heritage's Community Area in the Arcade showing the range of early industries in Letchworth Garden City and emphasising the fact that the principal aim of the Garden City was to attract INDUSTRY and provide a much better living environment for its workers than the often miserable conditions in the great industrial cities.

Early visitors to the Garden City

In recent months we have researched the early visitors to the Garden City.

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Philippa Parker 01462 686828


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