Where Do You Think You Live?

A community project about the history & development of the town run by the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust

There are three elements to the project:

House Detectives - encouraging residents to investigate the history of their homes using archive material from HALS, WGC Library local studies and Mill Green Museum.

Memories - early residents are contributing their recollections of the town which are digitally recorded as oral histories. Priority is given to capturing those whose memories date back furthest but all are welcome to participate.

Photography - we are building an archive of material on Welwyn Garden City from photographs that are loaned for scanning or donated outright to the Trust. 

Material generated by the project was exhibited at Oaklands College in July 2011. Mill Green Museum will show some of the material in its gallery in January 2012. Read more about the project at http://welwyngarden-heritage.org/

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"The Salon" and Tom Heron of Cresta Silks
The most wonderful clothes
Page link: A 1940's Eastside Memory
A 1940's Eastside Memory
Playing in the Back Field
Page link: A difficult journey to WGC in 1939
A difficult journey to WGC in 1939
From Leipzig with help from WGC Quakers
Page link: A family arrives in 1924
A family arrives in 1924
An early encounter with a car in Valley Road
Page link: A house on Parkway
A house on Parkway
My brother said "You know Dad there's a lovely lot of new houses being built in Welwyn Garden City. Why don't we go and have a look at them?"
Page link: A move from Sunderland
A move from Sunderland
Relocation paid for by labour exchange
Page link: A Nursery Nurse in WGC
A Nursery Nurse in WGC
I trained at Ludwick Nursery School
Page link: An East side home
An East side home
"it was terribly cold and very wet and there was clay all round the house, nothing else at all"
Page link: An operation at the Cottage Hospital
An operation at the Cottage Hospital
A bit of a dust up with a Handside pupil and the Cherry Tree Restaurant from a child's perspective
Page link: Brick Mosaics
Brick Mosaics
A curious feature of early WGC
Page link: Childhood memories of the 1930's
Childhood memories of the 1930's
Go-karting and a film set in Sherrards Park Woods
Page link: Early years in The Quadrangle
Early years in The Quadrangle
I don't ever remember being bored
Page link: East-side and West-side
East-side and West-side
Everybody was very friendly
Page link: First impressions of the town in 1931
First impressions of the town in 1931
My first impression was how small everything was
Page link: From Canada to WGC
From Canada to WGC
Memories of the first Welwyn Stores
Page link: From South Shields to WGC
From South Shields to WGC
Guarding Digswell viaduct
Page link: Handside Memories
Handside Memories
Pre-Campus West Entertainment!
Page link: Hatfield Hyde and Woodhall
Hatfield Hyde and Woodhall
Dad went to the pump to fetch our water for the day
Page link: Knella Road Memories
Knella Road Memories
"It was all open fields."
Page link: Life in Ethelred Close
Life in Ethelred Close
Waiting for Dad to come home from work
Page link: Life in Lanefield Walk
Life in Lanefield Walk
"I am really Welwyn Garden City born and bred"
Page link: Living in Elmwood
Living in Elmwood
Elmwood neighbours
Page link: Living in Guessens Court
Living in Guessens Court
A minister for Christchurch
Page link: Living in Longcroft Lane
Living in Longcroft Lane
Pram wheels half way up in mud
Page link: Ludwick Way
Ludwick Way
"We spent most of our lives there."
Page link: Memories of Handside Lane
Memories of Handside Lane
We were right on the edge of the town
Page link: Moving to WGC and an early commute
Moving to WGC and an early commute
My first visit was as a bridesmaid
Page link: Pioneering Parents
Pioneering Parents
Moving to WGC in 1922
Page link: Playing Outdoors
Playing Outdoors
The sandwasher and the River Lea
Page link: School days
School days
First memory of school and the new grammar school during the war years
Page link: Some Characters From The Early Days
Some Characters From The Early Days
The Sargeant Commissionaire and Mr G
Page link: Starting life in Knella Road
Starting life in Knella Road
Everybody in WGC cycled
Page link: The 'Where Do You Think You Live?' Project
The 'Where Do You Think You Live?' Project
Audio-transcribers Wanted
Page link: Valley Road
Valley Road
"father was appointed the chief air-raid warden for WGC"
Page link: Woodhall Athletic Football Team
Woodhall Athletic Football Team
"We started with just one football, borrowed kit..."
Page link: Work and play
Work and play
Shorthand typing at Roche and dances at The Cherry Tree
Page link: Working for Louis De Soissons
Working for Louis De Soissons
"my first real experience of work"
Category link: History Of Your House
History Of Your House
Tips on researching the history of your house
Category link: House Detectives
House Detectives
The history of some WGC homes gathered by residents using local archives
Category link: Recent Images of the Town
Recent Images of the Town
Photographs submitted to the Where Do You Think You Live? project
 

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