Harlow in Essex – A Short History to the Present Day

History: Although the original village was mentioned in the Domesday Book, the new town of Harlow was built after the World War ll to ease the overcrowding in London. The development consisted of the market town of Harlow, known these days as Old Harlow, plus the villages of Great Parndon, Little Parndon, Potter Street, Latton, Tye Green, Churchgate Street and Nettleswell.

Included in the plans was Britain’s first residential tower block, The Lawn, which is today a Grade 2 listed building, and also Britain’s first ever pedestrian precinct.

Recent Developments: The town has undergone a mini expansion in recent times, with a large scale housing project known as Church Langley. In addition the £50M Harlow Gateway Partnership was formed in 2003 to find new land for housing and relocate and upgrade the sporting facilities in the town.

The project included a new Football Stadium, 530 new eco-homes on the old sports centre site, plus a state of the art Leisure Centre, including Swimming Pool and sporting facilities which will be used by competitors from all over the world during the London Olympics in 2012.

The aim of the project was not just to achieve the above, but also build stronger links between education, sport and health, whilst creating new jobs and training opportunities. A council spokesman said it would create a “lasting legacy” for the town of Harlow, and one that the residents would be proud of for years to come.

Recently, the project came runner-up in Local Government Chronicle and Health Service Journal Awards 2009, being highly commended in the ‘Creating a Lasting Legacy’ category.