The photograph below, from March 1964, was probably taken from the first floor of Welwyn Stores (now John Lewis). It shows the Stores small car park. This was demolished soon after to make way for the roundabout that is still there. The photo was commissioned by the Development Corporation and was probably one of a set taken on the run up to the major changes that would come to the town centre during the mid-sixties.
Shops in Stonehills
The shops on Stonehills can clearly be seen, from the National Provincial Bank at the far right, now Nat West, then Williams Brothers, and obscured behind the tree is The Broadwater Press, which for years printed The Welwyn Times. Then comes Munts, the shop for prams, bikes and fireworks, and lastly Dickinson and Adams’ garage, which would have been on the site now occupied by the multi-storey car park. If I’m wrong then hopefully somebody will correct me.
The hedge on the right hand side probably formed the boundary of the old police station, that was situated opposite the bank, on the site of the gardens adjacent to Sir Theodore Chambers Way.
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