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A landmark of Welwyn Garden City are the 30 tall silos of the Shredded Wheat Factory which overlook the town. The factory opened in 1928 to produce breakfast cereals and in particular shredded wheat. During the Second World War it was considered of such importance to the provision of food that it was given special protection from enemy bombers. Until recent years vistors to the Garden City would not only see this impressive structure but smell it from miles away. A pleasant warm and malty aroma not unlike that of a brewery. But unfortunately no more. The factory was closed in 2008 and is believed to have been purchased by TESCO which plans a large shopping centre with residential and sports areas. The main building is listed and will remain. It will be interesting to see what use can be found for the 30 silos.
On the other side of the footbridge you can see the Howard Centre shopping mall and beneath it the railway stations with hourly trains to London's Kings Cross (26 minutes away) and through which passes much of the trafic to Britains North East.
Photographs for this panorama were taken in June 2008 not long after breakfast cereal production ceased. At that time the "Sherreded Wheat" sign still existed. It has since been painted over.
Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights. In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. Text by Steve Smith.