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Louis de Soisson's WGC house up for grabs

The former home of Welwyn Garden City founder and architect, Louis de Soissons, is now up for sale with a £1.35 million price tag

‘De Soissons Place’, which sits on High Oaks Road was designed and previously lived in by the architect, back in the early 20th century.

The 6-bedroom home is thought to be one of the largest of Welwyn City Garden’s (WGC) original houses. One of the houses opposite sold for £3,300 (the equivalent of £145,000 today) back in 1928, however, most homes would have been rented as part of the housing scheme necessitated by the world-wide recession at the time.

The house is on the market as current owner, Bill Cuthbert and his family plan to move to Hampshire.

Cuthbert, who’s lived at number 21 for 18 years, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic family home and a great place to bring up our kids; it’s a shame to go, we have many friends here and everything but as with everything in life you have to move on.’

He continued: ‘We call it a bottom heavy house, because it feels bigger on the ground floor than upstairs. At the same time though when everyone is out, and there are just two of us, it doesn’t feel too big at all, it’s just the perfect size for family living.’

Louis de Soissons was the architect appointed by Welwyn City Garden Limited, a company formed in 1920 to help build the city after the success of Ebenezer Howard’s first scheme, Letchworth Garden City, in 1903.

Howard in 1898 founded the utopian Garden City Movement. Garden cities were intended to be planned, self-contained communities, surrounded by greenbelts. It was hoped they would offer the best of the city and the country-side, and the worst of neither.

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