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Many people remember the name of Cresta Silks the company that originally started with a factory in Broadwater Road in 1929, then moving to Howardsgate in 1938 before settling into the Welwyn Department Stores in 1954.

The Trust has received a collection of photographs of the iconic Shredded Wheat factory - including its construction, staff working and advertising material. A few of these images are shown below...

Shredded Wheat factory with rail trucks in foreground

Many people have been wondering about the fate of a proposed project looking into the industries that helped shape the history of WGC...

Peartree Interpretation Board is unveiled

The two interpretation boards recently installed at Handside and Peartree, funded by a grant from County Cllr Malcolm Cowan, were officially unveiled on Monday 7th January on a cold damp afternoon.

WGC Coronation FountainThe Trust has recently issued the DVD "Welwyn Garden City - A Brave Vision".

Produced by Angela Eserin, Steve Sullivan and John Watson and directed by Maggie Clarke it has a running time of approximately 55 minutes and was previously only available on video format.

Two new interpretation boards have been installed in the town. Funding was principally from the budget of Councillor Malcolm Cowan with associated costs paid for by the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust.

Heritage Trust Says No to Tesco on Broadwater Road

Silo's at Broadwater Road

Some of the Memories contributorsThere are now 145 oral histories in our archive with a team of volunteers continuing to digitally record these personal recollections.

House Detectives - Following the CluesA small group of us visited HALS in December and left much better informed and very impressed with the range of resources that are available.

CanThat was how Dennis Lewis described the state of play with the ‘Thanks for the Memory’ programme. Another 23 are listed for collection between now and the end of the year. “Ambitious”, was Dennis’ comment on that
target “but do-able with a bit of luck.”

Lottery BoostAbsolute delight was how the Trustees of the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust (WGHT) greeted the ‘fantastic’ news that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) had approved their bid for £50,000. The funding is to support a broad ranging heritage project in Welwyn Garden City.

A Position Statement by Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust

Silo's at Broadwater Road

Following some expressions of concern by residents about the Trust’s position over the Tesco/Spenhill planning application for the former Shredded Wheat site the Trustees decided that a public statement of our position was needed.

Shreddred WheatThere have been numerous suggestions about what should happen on the Shredded Wheat site, particularly with the ‘landmark’ silos. Obviously the final decision rests with the owners of the site but the planners will take note of local opinion. The WGC Society have been canvassing opinions amongst their members and we thought it made sense to see what you think. At the two extremes the proposals range from demolition to putting a restaurant on the top.

For those of us living in the Conservation Area it is easy to forget that other parts of our town were built at the same time and many of those that were built later are just as delightful as the area within the original footprint. Peartree may be less cared for by its residents for economic reasons but many of the houses are almost indistinguishable from those in Handside.

Many thanks to all of you who wrote in to the Council in support of retaining and enforcing the Estate Management Scheme, we understand that the response was significantly in favour of the scheme when the consultation process closed at the end of July. 

Welwyn Times 3 Feb 1938 page 1

The Trust has been contacted by a researcher on military intelligence in the first world war regarding Mabel Dymond Peel, who lived in WGC just before/at the time of her death.

Mr Titfold receiving a momento of his visit from the Mayor, Cllr Kim LangleyThe Garden City welcomed back one of its long-lost residents last month when Anthony Titford returned for a visit after a 75 year absence. Mr Titford, now 92, left Welwyn Garden in 1934 when Parkway was little more than a road with a few flower beds and the White Bridge had only just been built.

Estate Management SchemeSuspicion is growing that the delivery of the new Estate Management Scheme booklets by a council contractor have not been done. Everyone in the EMS area should have had a copy put through their door but many residents have not yet seen one.

Shield on Cowper Cottages Showing Building Date

"Welwyn Garden City is the model on which virtually all town planning has been based worldwide since the 1920’s. So why are we not celebrating that in the place where it began?", was the question Tony Skottowe, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Handside asked himself recently. It all began with the challenge posed by the bid by a developer to demolish 4 of the oldest inhabited buildings within the original Garden City boundary. "Residents in the vicinity were appalled at what was being suggested", said Tony,” and so a few of us got together to organise the opposition.” During one of the many conversations about how to prevent the vandalism to the town’s heritage the idea of a centre to illustrate the international importance of the town emerged.

At a Cabinet meeting held on 7th October the recommendations from Cabinet Planning & Transportation Panel relating to the revitalisation of the Estate Management Scheme was unanimously agreed.

Included in the recommendations was a commitment by the council to consult with the Trust and the Welwyn Garden City Society on how the scheme is to be monitored. As both organisations were heavily involved in the review of the whole scheme, and were significantly in support of reviving it rather than any of the other alternatives, the Trustees were delighted with the council’s decision.