This was another subsidiary of the Welwyn Garden City Ltd company. Their new building housed a modern steam laundry and was so successful that it attracted business from a wide area of Hertfordshire. As well as individual clients it also served hospitals, schools, factories and hostels. Several of the Trust's oral history donors remember the company. Gladys A recalled that "when I was a Guide we did a Laundry Woman's badge and, of course, who was going to test us with our washing and ironing and so on but somebody from the local laundry? We went to the laundry and that was where we were tested". Phyllis H's brother worked there - "his first job when we first moved here was at the laundry and he was only 15 and he was short, like me, and that’s where he learnt to drive. The man took him out round all the villages collecting the laundry and then he said to him “Now it’s your turn to have a go”. I don’t think he ever did have a (driving) licence!"

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The Welwyn Garden City Laundry on the corner of Broadwater Road and Bridge Road East.
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Welwyn Hatfield Council produced a series of postcards - this one shows vehicles including a WGC Laundry van and is titled Early Commercial Venture. This item was donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Catherine R as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project.
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Welwyn Garden City factory area plan c1930 - drawn by Louis de Soissons - here showing the site of the Welwyn Garden City Laundry on the corner of Broadwater Road and Bridge Road East.
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WGC Citizens Handbook of 1945 - page 43 industry listing of the Welwyn Garden City Laundry stating that it was founded in 1926. The manager in 1945 was J.D.M.McHardy.
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Welwyn Times 24th January 1947 - page 2 - advertisement by the Welwyn Garden City Laundry Ltd informing readers that the majority of the company's Military Hospital work has been completed and that a weekly service & pre-war quality work would soon be resumed. This copy of the Welwyn Times was donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by BJW and is shown here courtesy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
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Welwyn Times 24th January 1947 - page 4 - among the situations vacant is this post for a female Ledger Clerk wanted by the Welwyn Garden City Laundry Ltd. This copy of the Welwyn Times was donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by BJW and is shown here courtesy of the Welwyn Hatfield Times.
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Welwyn Garden City official handbook c1957 - page 2 advertisement for the Welwyn Garden City Laundry. Item donated to the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust archive by Alan A as part of the 'Where Do You Think We Worked?' project. Gordon S, one of our oral history donors, was working CID officer at the time and remembered that "around ’57,’58, we had a spate of safe blowing in the town – the laundry, ICI and one or two other places. I know on one occasion, my wife’s birthday, and we’d arranged to have a bit of a celebration, and I was called out to this safe-blowing at the laundry. And it was no good saying it was your rest day. You just went, you know. And I got home at about 10pm that night!"

 
 
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