The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Welwyn Garden City Walking Tour

Welwyn Garden City Walking Tour

Geoffrey Hollis will lead a socially distanced tour of Welwyn Garden City to see how it has developed from a greenfield site, and we will also consider its future.

Saturday 24th July

11 am to 4pm. starting and finishing at Welwyn Garden City station


Welwyn Garden City celebrated its centenary last year with the unveiling a statue​ of its founder Ebenezer Howard, who lived in the town as did its master planner Louis de Soissons.

The plan is to see the Shredded Wheat factory by de Soissons & Kenyon (1926) which is awaiting development, as well as the houses they designed for Ebenezer Howard and de Soissons in Guessens Road, and one of their churches. We will also look at Campus West – the leisure centre by Sheppard, Robson and Partners (1973), and visit the Daily Mail model village (1920-22) which includes steel frame housing by Adshead, Ramsey & Abercrombie.

Interior access is being arranged to the Shredded Wheat silos, houses and churches.  Please be prepared to wear a face mask as part as COVID restrictions, or as a courtesy if restrictions have been lifted, during any interior visits. 

LUNCH:  Bring your own packed lunch or sandwiches can bought close to the station  at Welwyn Garden City. Lunch will be in a local hall where coffee and tea will be available. Over lunch we hope to have the Chairman of the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust and a local councillor talk about the future of the town.

After the walk members will have the opportunity for two optional self-guided walks:  1. Templewood School (exterior only) Grade II*, one of the county’s best post war schools and some modernist houses in the Sherrards Wood area.  2.  The Roche building (exterior only), 1937 by Otto Salvisberg, (grade II) for the pharmaceutical company which has recently been converted to luxury flats.

Geoffrey Hollis is an enthusiast for Modernism, with an active interest in the conservation of historic buildings and is Clocks Advisor to the Diocese of St Albans. He has also written about Louis de Soissons in the C20 Magazine 2019  page 27

Numbers will be limited to 25, so apply quickly to avoid disappointment.

Meet time/place:  11 am at Welwyn Garden City station (27 minutes from London Kings Cross)

Finish time/place: 4pm at Welwyn Garden City station

Members:  £25. Non Members: £32.

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Participants must bring a fully charged smart phone with a reliable internet data connection, headphones and have downloaded Zoom on their phones in advance of the tour. Remember to stay at least two metres apart from each other where required. Zoom joining information will be sent out to all participants with the confirmation email before the tour. Get in touch with with any queries.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: The Shredded Wheat factory, de Soissons & Kenyon (1923-26) Photograph: Cela Selley.

The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.​

Booking Closed

Unfortunately, booking is closed for this event and we are no longer able to accept new bookings.