Where Old Meets New
Harlow is a town and local government district in the west of Essex, England. A new town, situated on the border with Hertfordshire and London, Harlow occupies a large area of land on the south bank of the upper Stort Valley, which has been made navigable through other towns and features a canal section near its watermill.
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Surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside close to the border with Hertfordshire, there are period homes in Old Harlow and the villages surrounding the Essex town.
The most expensive home on the market now is nine-bedroom Sheering Hall east of the town centre, an 11,000sq ft pile priced £3.25 million.
Elsewhere, Harlow has affordable post-war terrace houses, and you can still get a three-bedroom house under the £250,000 stamp duty threshold.
Bishopsfield, south of the town centre is an award-winning Sixties estate with alleyways and courtyards that have a certain charm.
A new town north of Harlow on the Gilston Park Estate which could see 10,000 homes built, mainly by Places for People housing association, is still waiting to be finalised.
Harlow’s most interesting recent development is Newhall, east of the town centre. This new settlement between Church Langley and Old Harlow is on land owned by local farmers William and Jon Moen who have kept a firm grip on the design of all the homes, resulting in adventurous architecture.
The plan is to build 2,700 homes housing 6,000 people. There is already a village shop and a nursery, with a new community centre and primary school to follow. Cycle routes and green spaces echo master planner Sir Frederick Gibberd’s original Forties vision for Harlow.
The M11 motorway passes through the east of the district, entirely to the east of the town. Harlow has its own commercial and leisure economy. It is also an outer part of the London commuter belt and employment centre of the M11 corridor which includes Cambridge and London Stansted Airport to the north.
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Old Harlow is a village-size suburb founded by the early medieval age and most of its high street buildings are early Victorian and residential, mostly protected by one of the Conservation Areas in the district. In Old Harlow is a field named Harlowbury, a de-settled monastic area which has the remains of a chapel, a scheduled ancient monument.
Harlow is the home to a major collection of public sculptures (over 100 in total) by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, and Ralph Brown. Many of these are owned by the Harlow Art Trust, an organisation set up in 1953 by the lead architect of Harlow Frederick Gibberd.
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