Visit Welwyn Garden City and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, was begun in 1919 as an artificially planned town in accordance with the ideas of Ebenezer Howard. Although the planning was wasteful of ground space by later standards, this ‘garden city’ marked a significant development in 20th-century town planning. Originally developed by a private company with idealistic rather than commercial aims, the town was taken over in 1948 by the Ministry of Town and Country Planning as a ‘new town’ to be linked with Hatfield.
Welwyn, Hertfordshire. This little old town still retains its charm, despite its proximity to Welwyn Garden City.
Most of the houses are Georgian, including Lockleys, ½ miles west of the village, a nine-bay brick house now a school, which was built early in the period. The pediment of the doorway is on Roman Doric pillars and the windows are segment-headed. The dressings are of rubbed brick. A Roman villa has been excavated in the grounds and a plan of it is shown in turf and brick, indicating a rectangular five-roomed house of timber and mud, built in the 1st century A.D.
The village has two inns, the White Hart and the White Horse in Mill Lane. In School Lane is New Place, a Victorian building built by Philip Webb for his brother. It is L-shaped, of brick, with a steep-pitched roof, buttresses and sash-windows.
The River Mimram runs through the village and across the bridge, towards the church, is Bridge Cottage, with an iron veranda and a monkey puzzle in the garden, then Bridge House, and West of the church the Wellington Hotel which, although Georgian, has some old half-timbering.
St Mary's Church is greatly restored externally so that it has lost its original character. Much of the interior was built in 1910 but the double piscina, with trefoil heads, is 700 years old and there is a long lancet window in the chancel. Edward Young, author of Night Thoughts and On Original Composition, was vicar of Welwyn from 1730 to 1765 and there is a monument to him in the church.
Nearby towns: Harpenden, Hatfield, Hertford, Luton, Stevenage, St Albans
Nearby villages: Essendon, Sandridge, Codicote, Knebworth, Watton-at-Stone, Wheathampstead
Have you decided to visit Welwyn Garden City or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Welwyn Garden City bed and breakfast (a Welwyn Garden City B&B or Welwyn Garden City b and b)
- a Welwyn Garden City guesthouse
- a Welwyn Garden City hotel (or motel)
- a Welwyn Garden City self-catering establishment, or
- other Welwyn Garden City accommodation