Don't blame me - I didn't cook it.
- May 29, 2009
- Flitwick, Bedfordshire, 1874
The link you give - it takes you to a view of 'Parkway' in the centre of town.here, in 360 degree display:
From the 'White Bridge' just to the north of here, down to the roundabout at the junction with Stanborough Road, is 1 mile long.
It is one of the oldest parts of the original 'New Town' when it started building in the 1920s.
The originator of the plan for the town was a chap called Ebeneezer Howard who planned to have a town of abstinence which offered everything that a family would need of their surroundings (except booze) so it had shops, schools, churches and plenty of green open spaces - all this before the idea of a 'green belt' had come about.
Unfortunately the local council veered away from this plan when, in the 1950s, the urban sprawl required to house people after WWII became the dominant factor for town planning, and what had been a nicely compact town suddenly got added to with large 'estates' (residential housing developments for local authorities). They did at least have the sense, though, to include plenty of areas of parkland.