Tribute to Harlow architect John Graham who made such a contribution to design of the town

Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here / Mon 19th Jul 2021 at 04:08pm

THE HARLOW Civic Society has paid tribute to architect John Graham who has passed away aged 92.

A spokesperson said: “We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of John Graham. John was Sir Frederick Gibberd’s partner and an important person in the history of Harlow.

He was Vice Chair and a founder of Harlow Civic Society for several years and in 1955 John helped set up Harlow Art Trust (when Henry Moore’s Family Group was commissioned for Harlow)

John worked with Sir Frederick Gibberd (or F.G. as he liked to be called) in the Harlow Office for 27 years. He worked on the Market Square, which included his memorial clock on the striped blue and white background and The Rows.

“He was also responsible for the Sports Centre and the Town Hall (both sadly demolished) and the pedestrianisation of Old Harlow as well as for the design of Bush Fair.

“The Harvey Centre was his last major work for the town and that building completed F.G.’s Master Plan for Harlow.

“John also had an art gallery in the Town Centre which specialised in the St Ives group of painters.

“He lived in Harlow from 1955 and managed to negotiate for the Gibberd Gallery”.

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3 Comments for Tribute to Harlow architect John Graham who made such a contribution to design of the town:

Sue Oles
2021-07-26 08:50:17

John was born in 1927 which makes him 93 years old.

Sarah Townsend
2022-01-08 18:19:31

I am sorry to hear that John has left this world, I have just found out. He was a friend of my friend Taja Misins, with whom I visited John on several occasions for tea, when she lived at Purford Green, Harlow, she has outlived him and is in London.

martin norford
2023-01-31 12:18:32

bit late to leave a message, but I have only just see this. I have fond memories of working with John as a junior assistant in the 70,s, I clearly remember my interview with him when he offered me a biscuit and then quickly asking a question when my mouth was full, also office trips to London Bedford etc. working at Gibberd's was my big break into Architecture and I have much to thankful for. kind regards and best wishes to family and friends. Martin Norford

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