Walk No.1 – North of Main Road

1.”The Ship” public house, a Grade II listed building with old tile roof, possibly 17th Century


2.“The Archers” Wine Bar, a Grade II listed building with old tile roof, probably 17th Century


3. At corner of Balgores Lane shops with flats, designed for the garden Suburb in 1912.


4. Site of Humphrey Repton’s cottage (the 18th Century Landscape gardener), Now occupied by TSB.






9. ENTER ELM WALK to see three large houses by Curtis Green on the north side (Nos.3 , 5 & 7).


10. The fish Ponds were part of the original Gidea Hall estate.


11. The wall and gates are Grade II listed buildings from the
Gidea Hall estate dated 1750 and are owned by the society.




TURN LEFT INTO MEADWAY
All the houses in Meadway are Exhibition houses except No.13


14. Another cottage by Curtis Green at No.3





No.7 Meadway was designed by Percy Houfton who won first prize for a cottage design at Letchworth Garden City.



TURN LEFT INTO PARKWAY


20. Nos. 34 , 38 , 40 , 42 & 44   Parkway are all Exhibition houses (No. 36 is new).



20.RETURN TO MEADWAY AND MOVE NORTH ALONG
PARKWAY

Numbers 46 to 64 Parkway are all Exhibition houses from
1910/11, in particular

No. 54 won the 1st prize in the Class 1 category for detached houses.



TURN RIGHT INTO REED POND WALK.


23. A coveranted open space and registered town green. Note: Almost all the houses in Reed Pond Walk are 1910/11 Exhibition houses


24. No.23 Reed Pond Walk by Clough William-Ellis (chimneys Demolished)


25. No.29 Reed Pond Walk By Edwin Guns


26. No.31 Reed Pond Walk by Reginald Longden may have won 2nd prize in the £500 class.


27. No.28 Reed Pond Walk by Crickmer, also No.30


28. No.33 Reed Pond Walk
By Parker & Unwin


29. A pair of Grade II listed houses by Baillie Scott at Nos. 36 & 38 Reed Pond walk. Note the pargetting on No.36


TURN RIGHT INTO HEATH DRIVE


30. Between Reed Pond Walk and Meadway Is a group of large houses in Georgian style by Ronald P.Jones (Nos. 45,46,47 & 48 Heath drive) and a house by A.E. & T.T. Sawday in more vernacular style (no.44). No.49 on the corner of Reed Pond Walk is by William Stewart


RETURN TO REED POND WALK AND MOVE NORTH ALONG HEATH DRIVE


31. On the corner of Heath Drive and Risebridge Road is an
Exhibition house by G.L Pepler & E.J Allen (no.57 Heath Drive)


32 & 33. 35 houses in “modern” style were built in Heath Drive, Brook Road and Eastern Avenue for the 1934 “Modern Homes” Exhibition


RETURN VIA HEATH DRIVE TO RISEBRIDGE ROAD


34. Which contains many 1910/11 Exhibition house


THEN VIA REED POND WALK AND PARKWAY TO GIDEA CLOSE


35. Gidea Close, a covenanted open space occupied by a tennis club. The grass plot on the northern side is the site of Gidea Hall, demolished circa 1930.


RETURN VIA ELM WALK AND HEATH DRIVE TO MAIN ROAD

The Civic Society is indebted to Larry Leicester, a former
member, for the design of the two walks and the line
drawings of the properties