Development of this street took place over a long period. It was begun pre 1913 and has undergone many changes through the decades.
As you turn the corner out of Leys Avenue the first building on your left is The Icknield Halls , by Bennett and Bidwell 1924/5 . At one time this housed Knott's Bakery.
A little further down is Nott's original smaller building of 1909 , which after many changes of ownership is again a cafe and bakery.
Opposite is the Co-Operative Wholesale Buildings from 1921 by L G Ekins , this was as far as that side of Eastcheap went until the building of Arena Parade in the 1950's.
The Arena had been an open area between Broadway and Eastcheap that stretched from the Post Office in Broadway and Co Operative buildings to the Town hall at the end of Eastcheap.
On the City's 50th Jubilee The Arena was the site of The Letchworth Jubilee Fair of Industry and Trade. 54 stands displaying all manner of goods and machines manufactured locally were on show for three days as the town enjoyed a jubilee week.
Back on the East side overlooking the open area would have been another group of buildings by Bennett and Bidwell from 1914.
Beyond this point you come to an area that has seen a lot of change. Once home to Masons Garage , The Picture Palace Cinema (1909- late 70's), The Fire Station and The Broadway Cinema , the development of The Letchworth Shopping Center brought new shopping and flat developments, now filling most of this end of the street leaving virtually only The Broadway Cinema unchanged.
"The Broadway Cinema" by Bennett and Bidwell 1935 was once one of three cinemas. The Palace and The Broadway next to each other in Eastcheap, and the Rendezvous in Norton Way South. It seems that going to the cinema to see films or other forms of entertainment used to be very popular in Letchworth.
The Broadway was recently renovated and made multi screen. It is now the only one of the three left today.