75th Anniversary Walks
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the designation of Stevenage as the first post-war new town on 11 November 1946, we are leading a series of walks across the town.
If you want to find out more about the part your local area played in the story of the first new town and perhaps share your memories, come along and join the walk and chat.
Each walk has stops for refreshments built in along the way and lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.
It’s free to join but booking is essential, contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01438 218881 to book your place.
Wednesday 13 October, 10am Fairlands (meet at the show ground car park)
Find out about the early Master Plans for the new town, Road 9 and the campaign to stop it, The Canyon and the farm at the heart of the new town and its eventual transformation into the park we know today.
Friday 15 October, 10am, Bedwell (meet at the Bedwell community centre)
See the planners’ ideas for garden commons made real in Bedwell. Chart the story of the first community hall and the community centre and see how schools fitted in to the town’s story.
Saturday 23 October, 10am Rockingham Way (meet at the café)
Find out about some of the new town pioneers who moved in to Rockingham Way and the early neighbourhood shops.
Wednesday 27 October 10am Pin Green and Hampson Park (meet at Duncan’s café)
The Three horseshoes Pub, ancient lanes incorporated into the cycle network and Radburn layouts. The life of the Postons at The Sishes and the origins of some of the trees planted as an arboretum in what is now Hampson Park.
Saturday 6 November 10.30am Sish Lane (meet at the Popple Way shops)
Sish Lane is where the old town meets the new. Development Corporation workers moved here as the very first neighbourhood in the new town. Experimental flats at Stoney Hall are no longer with us but at the time they were a bold statement overlooking the King George V playing fields.
Friday 12 November 10am, Shephall, meet at the Red Lion pub.
Shephall was a village with its own rich history before it was absorbed by the new town. Visit key village sites like the church and pub and find out about the story of Shephalbury Manor and its evolution into a centre for the Coptic church in the UK. Explore the village origins of the new town neighbourhood’s street names and find out about a local historian with her roots in the village.