Place:Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England

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NameLetchworth
Alt namesLecewordesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 137
Lechewrdesource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 296
Letchworth Garden Citysource: Wikipedia
Luchewrthsource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 296
Luchewrthiasource: Oxford: English Place Names (1960) p 296
TypeTown, Parish, Urban district
Coordinates51.977°N 0.23°W
Located inHertfordshire, England
See alsoBroadwater Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Hitchin Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1919
North Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Letchworth, officially Letchworth Garden City, is a town in Hertfordshire, England, with a population of 33,600 (21st century estimate). It was a civil parish until its status was abolished on 31 March 2013.

The town's name is taken from one of the three villages it surrounded (the other two being Willian and Norton) – all of which featured in the Domesday Book of 1086. The land used for the "garden city" was purchased by Quakers who had intended to farm the area and build a Quaker community. The town was laid out by town planner Raymond Unwin (1863-1940) as a demonstration of the principles established by Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928) who sought to create an alternative to the industrial city by combining the best of town and country living. It is also home to the United Kingdom's first roundabout, which was built in 1909.

As one of the world's first new towns and the first garden city it had great influence on future town planning and the New Towns movement; it influenced Welwyn Garden City, which used a similar approach and inspired other projects around the world.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Letchworth.

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