Suburban Groups and Societies

If you are a member of, or know of a suburban community group or society and would like to feature the group on these pages, then send details and a weblink to

The Bedford Park Society

Built between 1875 and 1886 in west London, Bedford Park is the first garden suburb and one of the most influential housing developments in Britain. 

Writing in the Daily Telegraph in August 1960 Sir John Betjeman, who later became the Society’s first patron, called Bedford Park “the most significant suburb built in the last century, probably the most significant in the Western world.”

The Bedford Park Society aims to protect the amenities of the garden suburb, the buildings and their setting, and to ensure any development is in keeping with the original character. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in Bedford Park; you can join at our membership application page.

Brentham Garden Suburb

Brentham Garden Suburb is in Ealing, West London and was the first garden suburb to be built on ‘Co-partnership’ principles. It was designed to a plan by leading garden city architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, with houses, mostly in the Arts and Crafts style, by George Lister Sutcliffe and Frederic Cavendish Pearson. In 1969 Brentham Garden Suburb was designated a conservation area.

Creative Suburbs

Creative Suburbs is an online platform to help you connect with neighbours, organisations and anyone interested in making your city a better place to live. We are facilitators of ideas on how we can create more inclusive, sustainable and creative suburbs. We want to ensure your representatives, local and state government and those working in our communities are aware of your views, ideas and what you love about your city. Through sharing and supporting ideas, we believe our suburbs will support what we call the four keys to sustainability.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

Hampstead Garden Suburb is located in North West London, England, approximately 7 miles from the centre of London. Founded in 1907 by Dame Henrietta Barnett, it is internationally recognised as one of the finest examples of early twentieth century domestic architecture and town planning, and home to approximately 13,000 people.

Larchmont Historical Society, NY

The Larchmont Historical Society was chartered in 1981 as a not-for-profit educational corporation by the New York State Board of Regents to discover, preserve and disseminate information concerning the natural, social and civic history of Larchmont and to promote the preservation of historical sites and structures. The Society maintains an archive; publishes a monthly newsletter; offers regular programs; conducts tours for school children and adults and offers outreach lectures to other groups in the community. It is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees elected by the members of the Society.

Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists, Mount Prospect, Illinois

Located in Chicago’s Northwest Suburbs, the Northwest Suburban Council of Genealogists was initially formed in 1977. We focus on history and genealogy in Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights and surrounding suburbs. Our major purposes were, and still are, to: promote the study of genealogy and history; conduct programs and workshops; encourage preservations of private and public records; assist members in the study of family history