Harlow promotes itself as sculpture town. It is home to hundreds of them, all of different styles, different materials and from a wide range of artists. The sculptures are not only found in the more modern parts of Harlow, but also in the former villages. Wherever you find them, they are an alleviation in this landscape of concrete. For an overview, have a look at the page below. There, you will also find a map with the position of 66 sculptures.
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Harlow got its name from a former market town, which is now known as the ward of Old Harlow. It is located in the Northeast of the town and has retained its small town character. This includes a small pedestrian zone, half-timbered buildings and traditional pubs. The former Victorian church is no longer in use as such, but houses the St. John's Art and Recreation Centre. Close to the church, you will find some of Harlow's modern sculptures.
Harlow Mill railway station is located close to Old Harlow.
St. Mary at Latton
Latton's main contribution to modern Harlow was (after its vast green areas) the Church of St. Mary at Latton. It is one of very few medieval buildings to be found in Harlow and probably the one closest to the new town centre. Standing on the grounds of a Saxon church, the present day building was erected in 1466. Note the big wooden door and well as the half-timbered structure of the side entrance. The church is still in use, but also the churchyard. It has many graves from the late 19th and early 20th century, but also a handful of 21st century ones. The interior has kept some of its original atmosphere and makes the church a place to escape 21st century Harlow for a couple of minutes.
Harlow's new town pedestrian zone
From 1947 to 1980, the new town centre was built from scratch and became the UK's first modern pedestrian zone. Some parts later received a major overhaul in 2005 and 2006. Together with the large Harvey's shopping mall, it is a prime example of city planning in the second half of the 20th century. Due to its young age, this area is dominated by all the usual chains you can think of. Only a handful of shops and the market stalls area a concession to some individuality. Anyway, it is still a shopper's paradise with a wide range of choices.
The Museum of Harlow
The Museum of Harlow is similar to most museums featuring local history in Britain. Its exhibition starts with items found in prehistoric settlements, goes on to the remains of Roman culture and ends with the Victorians, two world-wars and some items from the post-war years. All are nice to see, but remind me of similar exhibitions I have seen in the past.
However, there is one part which can be interesting. It is about post-war city planning and how several villages formed what was at that time believed to be a modern city. Although there are only some showcases and boards in here, it is the part where I spent most of my time within the museum. A collection of around a dozen 19th century bikes was nice to see too.
This museum is surely not a reason for a daytrip to Harlow. But if you are in the town anyway, just drop by. There is no entry fee!
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the SECRET nuclear bunker
we stayed at the green man old harlow, this april, as we were close to the coast and london,
the green man was a comfy stay, but stingy on tea and coffee in the room though, nice food in the pub, mega staff and funny,
found the secret nuclear bunker, its sign posted, it was an experience, you can spend of couple of hours there, though when you work your way to the cafe it reeks of chip fat, you can buy bizarre crappy little gifts there too, and out back are the ropiest roque ferrel guniea pigs ever, they have super long tails covered in crap, and you can get close to them, made my day anyway,
did southend on sea, mega time
its a cosmopolitan skegness, didnt get chance for rides we were too busy looking at tack shops, trying to win soft toys in acades, as you do ! and drooling over snow wear clothing,
went to a sea front caff lovely staff, had oily poached egg on toast and strawberry milkshake, and watched the sea front, you have to pay to walk on the promenade by the way, theres a good glass viewing platform though withlifts down to the bottom, for those who are trollied, have kids or the elderley,
alot of southend stinks of weed though, also walking round noted that there are a few sea front pubs that have live music,
saw some funny sights,had a laugh, parkings easy too, and loads of shops, and places to eat,
definatley a stag or hen destination, if you go out with no knickers and a condom on your head you can fit right in to the night scene, lovely people though, we enjoyed it,
we got mega trashed when we got back to the hotel, on dirty tequilla and oranges, missed a morning bungee jump, but the staff at green man let us lay in till 1 oclock,
so after said lay in, shower and ridding of death breath we checked out and buggered off to wimbledon, where we caused a rucus,
i reccommend essex and definately the green man old harlow, harlow itself is pretty but not much to do there,
happy days ,
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