The Book of Welwyn: The Story of the Five Villages and The Garden City by Richard J. [James] Busby soon to be presented for sale on the gleaming BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Chesham: Barracuda Books Limited, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
3rd edition. Contains: Black & white photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Frontispiece;
From the cover: Welwyn Garden City is a little over fifty years of age, but man settled here over four thousand years ago and left behind his imprint. Bronze Age man made his home here and the Romans straddled the area with their roads and built their farmhouses around Welwyn.
The Saxons may have given Tewin its name, but it was the Normans who made the first major impact with four barons owning much of the area in 1089, and building mills Welwyns earliest industrial development.
Digswell, Lemsford, Ayot St Peter all come into the story of Welwyns past and twice in their long history a single family dominated the area: first the Perients and later the Cowpers.
Lamb, Desborough, Palmerston and Salisbury are among the national figures who strode through the centuries as lords and priests, bankers and innovators, soldiers and ultimately reformers came to Welwyn, put their stamp on it and faded from the scene. Here are the building blocks of the past the founding of churches, schools, many local institutions, and lastly, the second Garden City.
The Book Of Welwyn tells the story of the past of these villages and the founding and development of the Garden City briskly and with an abundance of illustration. The author has delved deeply in his researches and selected pictures from many sources a factual, entertaining and invaluable record of the past of all that is Welwyn.
The Book Of Welwyn has been published in both limited and general editions to provide an insight into a community of city and countryside. It will become a standard work of reference and a source of pleasure to all who care for Welwyn Garden City and its older neighbours.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is tanned at the spine and price clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.
Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Index. Bibliography. 12″ x 8½”.
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