Letchworth is a town and garden city in Hertfordshire. Its population as of the 2011 cencus is 33,249.
The land of Letchworth was originally owned by Quakers who intended to build a Quaker farming community upon it. In September 1903 the town was liad out by Raymond Unwin in the model of Ebenezer Howard's "Garden Cities". Letchworth was the first "Garden City" to be established.
From the towns inception, until 1958, there was a ban on selling alchohol inside public premisis in Letchworth. Despite this ban, in 1907 "The Skittles Inn" opened, attempting to combine the ideas of a continental cafe with a traditional British inn. Since the ban was lifted in 1958 a number of pubs have opened, however Letchworth still has a relatively low number of pubs for the size of its population.
Letchworth is the home of one of the largest colonies of black squirrels in the UK. The first reported sightings of black squirrels in Letchwortth are in the 1950's, with the squirrels becoming more commonplace since then.
Letchworth is known for having the first ever roundabout on UK public roads.
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