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A Garden Suburb


Bedford Park was the first garden suburb and it is impossible to follow any history of British house building or UK architecture in general without stumbling across references to it.  Sir John Betjeman, who founded the Victorian Society, called Bedford Park “the most significant suburb built in the last century, probably the most significant in the Western world.”  Writing in the Daily Telegraph in August 1960, Betjeman's description of Bedford Park echoed the great architectural writer Herman Muthesius who, as far back as 1906, wrote: “There was at the time virtually no development that could compare in artistic charm with Bedford Park... and herein lies the immense importance of Bedford Park in the history of the English house.”

For more information, we would recommend the Bedford Park Society's Short History to be found at: