The North Mymms garden city that never was
|The main house on Leggatts Estate|
Brookmans Park might have ended up on the edge of a garden city if the sales pitch on an auction brochure printed in 1911 had been acted upon. The proposed Leggatts Estate on the Great North Road was described as a "unique opportunity" for creating "a higher grade garden city" with its 3,000 yard frontage on The Great North Road.
The site, at Little Heath, was described as being ideal land which "could be developed for building purposes without in any way injuring the residential amenities of the central block of about 117 acres."
Those residential amenities included "a good family residence" in land that is "pleasantly undulated and disposed over sunny south and west slopes at an altitude ranging from 320 feet to 420 feet above sea level, crowned by magnificent natural woodlands".
The auction brochure, embedded below, was lent to this site by local historian Peter Miller, so that it could be accessible to anyone interested in the area's local history.
Scroll past the images (captioned using the words from the original brochure) for a pdf of the auction brochure which you can expand to read and also download.
|"3,000 yards of road frontage on The Great North Road"|
|"High lying yet sheltered by aged and matured woodland"|
|"Delightful grounds with massed banks of rhododendrons"|
|"Spacious lawns a feature of Leggatts Estate"|
|"The estate has its own tennis court"|
|"Secluded carriage drives connect the property with The Great North Road"|