It is the first district that the player visits in Act I during Arthur's story. The Garden District differs from Hamlyn Village and the Parade District in that there is no Joy here and the entire district is in severe disrepair and is practically falling apart.
The Garden District was originally the rural part of Wellington Wells, responsible for the majority of the city's food production. The Garden District suffered major damage from German bombing raids during World War II and the German invasions of 1942 and 1943 caused further damage, leaving large parts of the Garden District in ruins.
After the end of the German Occupation, the Garden District was neglected by the Executive Committee while the rest of the city rebuilt and redeveloped itself. Over time [and thanks to Joy], the Garden District was largely forgotten by the Wellies and eventually became known as something of a mysterious, almost mythical land, located beyond the heavily guarded bridges leading to it.
Given its status of being largely forgotten by the government, the Garden District was left to rot and decay. Combined with its relative remoteness and isolation, the Garden District became a dumping ground for the outcasts and rejects of society: those who wouldn't or couldn't take Joy or otherwise threatened to remind the city of its traumatic past.
Facing violent (and deadly) persecution, these people were forced to flee out into exile in the Garden District, becoming Wastrels. Left to fend for themselves, the Wastrels took over whatever houses or buildings that still remained standing and tried to eke out a desperate existence amid the filth, misery, and isolation of the Garden District.
The Garden District in 1964 is in many ways a wasteland, with no functional infrastructure aside from the occasional Water Pump. The entire district consists of small hamlets, villages and towns made up of bombed-out, ruined and decaying buildings, surrounded by vast open fields covered by overgrown vegetation.
With the collapse of domestic food production and the end of foreign trade, the Garden District is suffering from an ever-worsening food crisis and there is less and less food available every day. Whereas Hamlyn Village and the Parade District still have limited amounts of food left to sustain themselves on, the Garden District is already in the midst of an all-out famine, with people being forced to forage and scavenge for anything edible to avoid starvation. The Garden District contains much less food for the player to find and a lot of it is rotten.
As if that wasn't bad enough, the Garden District (Lud's Holm specifically) is being ravaged by a rabies-like Plague that some suspect has arisen thanks to Haworth Labs contaminating the groundwater with chemical waste. The Plague causes those infected by it to suffer a gradual degeneration and breakdown of mental functions until the disease drives them to rabidly attack, harm and kill anyone in the vicinity, spreading the infection. These Plague Wastrels dread bright light and will emerge en masse from their hiding spots at night, making it extremely dangerous to travel around Lud's Holm at night.
Amid all of these negatives, there are still some positive features to the Garden District; any and all conformity rules associated with Joy (Joy Doctors, Downer Detectors, Headmistresses, TV Spankers and Revolvers) are completely absent here, allowing for much greater freedom of movement. In addition to that, all water found here is clean and pure from Joy and there are also occasional shelters for the player to use as places of refuge.
In order to conform in this district, the player must wear any of the following outfits:
- Torn Suit
- Padded Suit (Arthur and Ollie only)
- Reinforced Padded Suit (Arthur and Ollie only)
- Sergeant's No. 2 Service Dress
Wearing anything else will raise suspicion from NPCs and eventually cause them to become hostile.
The Garden District is inhabited by Wastrels; the outcasts and rejects of society. Having gone off Joy has ravaged their minds and left them as burnt-out husks that spend their days roaming around the derelict streets, talking to themselves and others with excessive pessimism coming through, scavenging and foraging or trying to socialize with other, among other things.
Alongside the Wastrels, the Garden District also houses a quasi-criminal gang known as the Headboys who are based in an old German bunker on Barrow Holm. The Headboys patrol the streets at night and enforce a curfew similar to the one in Hamlyn Village, and will attack anyone caught outdoors at night.
The Garden District is also home to the Home Army, a remnant of the old British armed forces that were once stationed in the city. The Home Army is situated exclusively on Ravensholm, in the Victory Memorial Camp and thanks to a combination of heavy Joy use and possible abuse of Strange Alcohol, the Home Army soldiers have descended into a delusional state of patriotism, where, despite being well over 60 years of age, they continue on with their "duty" of defending the city from the Germans.
These uniform-wearing lunatics live a strange militarized lifestyle within the camp, conducting daily training regimens, drills, combat exercises, maintenance duties and other tasks. Home Army soldiers react with violent mania to any unauthorized trespassers caught on Ravensholm, (which is to say, anyone besides General Byng and Sally Boyle who is not wearing a military uniform).
Lastly, strange behavior has been reported among the wastrels on Lud's Holm, seemingly for reasons other than the Plague. Whether this is a good or bad thing remains to be seen.
- Johnny Bolton's Shop: Owned by Johnny Bolton, located on Lud's Holm.
- Haute Cuisine Restaurant: Staffed by Nigel Lawson, located on Eel Pie Holm (Only in Act I and Survival Mode)
- Vending Machines: Found only inside the shelter on Eel Pie Holm.
Concept Art and Posters
- The safe houses in this District is the only safe house with its own skybox and also one of the only underground building with a skybox at all.