Harlow Travel Guide

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Harlow Overview

Harlow in its present form was founded in 1974 through the amalgamation of (Old) Harlow, Great Parndon, Little Parndon, Latton, Tye Green, Potter Street, Churchgate Street and Netteswell. However, the area itself was already populated by 10 000 BC and Old Harlow was already mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086). The plans for the new town are from 1947 and by 1980 the town reached its present form (with some major overhaul around 2005). Harlow's new town centre consists of a large pedestrian zone, built on a formerly green area between two villages. It was the first modern pedestrian zone in the UK and a good example for post-WWII city architecture. However, few people really perceive it as beautiful nowadays. Harlow has around 80 000 inhabitants.

As it is a so-called New Town, mainly designed as living space for people commuting into London, it does not have many sights. Beside a small museum and the former village churches it is mainly art in public spaces. The latter gave Harlow the nickname "Sculpture Town".

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