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Ebenezer Howard


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Ebenezer Howard had a vision that would end the poverty and slums suffered by so many in the late Victorian era. He dreamed of ‘Garden Cities’ – a combination of the good things from town and country and where profits from the town would be used to benefit the ordinary townspeople.

He realised his dream in 1903, when he founded Letchworth Garden City.

For his work on Garden Cities, Howard received a number of awards including a knighthood in 1927.

Following the publication of ‘Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform’ initial reaction was mainly interested but not enthusiastic. However after the formation of the Garden City Association in 1899 and the establishment of Letchworth Garden City in 1903 official recognition of Howard’s contribution to urban reform and town planning was made.

Howard was elected President of the International Garden Cities and Town Planning Federation in 1913 and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1924. He was knighted in 1927.

George Bernard Shaw claimed that Howard merited a Barony for the book, an Earldom for Letchworth and a Dukedom for Welwyn.

13th Aug 2009

Art and Design, Citizenship, Geography, History

Key Stages:
Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Ebenezer Howard, Barry Parker, Raymond Unwin, garden city, portrait, Letchworth, Welwyn, town planning, architect, inventor

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