Harlow’s history refreshed with new signboards installed

Communities / Tue 9th Jan 2024 at 09:23am

NEW heritage signboards which help tell the story of Harlow before and after it became a new town have been installed across the town.

A total of 15 boards have been put in as part of the council’s priority to restore pride in the town by replacing old signage around the town with new.

Among the stories the signboards tell are:

  • The Harlow Temple site in River Way which dates to the days of the Roman Empire
  • The Stow, the new town’s first neighbourhood centre, which opened in 1952
  • The Lawn, post-WW2 Britain’s first tower block
  • Potter Street and its historical past in pottery production dating back to Roman and medieval times
  • Old Harlow and its history going back to the 12th century

The project has been funded by the council’s estate renewal fund programme.

Councillor Sue Livings, Harlow Council’s member champion for arts, culture and heritage, said:

“I am delighted that these new Discover Harlow boards are now in place around the town. The boards will help to share some of the fascinating stories about different places around Harlow and their history. That history will continue to be part of the Harlow of today and the future. Not only will the new signboards tell the town’s story to existing residents but also to future generations helping them to discover Harlow and connect to our town’s unique past.

“The new signs really stand out and make a difference as many of the previous signboards needed updating and refreshing.”

Residents can discover more about Harlow by visiting Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens which is free to visit and is open every Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday from 9.30am to 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm).

For more information visit www.harlowmuseum.com

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26 Comments for Harlow’s history refreshed with new signboards installed:

gary roberts
2024-01-09 09:57:32

This is a regeneration sign is it? I think the people of Potter Street would prefer local council services restored and a regenerated doctors'surgery than a sign telling people what some already know. Oh I forgot we in Potter Street will have a new car park.

Jean Baker
2024-01-09 11:03:41

What a waste of money they will be vandalised like everything else in Harlow

Gary Scott
2024-01-09 13:43:04

Yeah great ,can't walk out of our street to see then

Al gafar
2024-01-09 14:22:26

Yep ,the tail is certainly wagging the dog . Who are these people in highly paid jobs think they can spend the rate payers money on superfluous objects ,they indeed will be vandalized just a matter of time ,drunken jobs passing will think its fun to deface things.

2024-01-09 14:31:31

Any money left over to open toilet facilities at local shopping centres ??

2024-01-09 14:53:45

Nice fancy signs will make all the difference in restoring pride in this town? Many years ago, Harlow used to be a fantastic place to live with regular community events throughout the year. Now we have nothing other than one firework show per year. Bring back the regular Town Show, live bands at the bandstand etc not spend money on silly signs.

David Johnson
2024-01-09 14:56:14

The one up the cycle track near the clock tower is alredy broken, looks like glass on the front?

Shirley Baines
2024-01-09 14:59:33

This is very good initiative. Clearly, there are too many uncultured and uneducated people in this town to appreciate this and the new Arts' Quarter.

Luke Burton
2024-01-09 15:05:30

Nice. Now let's lock up the murderers and thieves of the town so we can actually enjoy the fine open spaces of Harlow anytime of day.

Eric o'connell
2024-01-09 15:19:03

Look nice good ...but hopefully just 4- 5 will do now

2024-01-09 18:36:37

Nice but those areas are full of vandals. You can do stuff like thus in Stortford but Harlow is full of morons who think smashing up stuff is fun and getting a job isn't.

Kim Oconnor
2024-01-09 18:39:11


2024-01-09 19:35:10

Simon is right. The main problem with Harlow is too many dregs, drunks, druggies and petty criminals; not helped by places like Terminus House and London boroughs shipping their unwanted here. Very sad. Pity the whole town is not like Church Langley, with less riff raff and scroungers.

Crazyhorse 74
2024-01-09 20:18:46

Move out if you dont like it simples.

2024-01-09 22:52:40

Crazyhorse74, Harlow is really well located and very cheap compared to nearby areas. As the town centre is regenerated, it will attract more professionals and the population will change. Lots of those who are anti-social, etc will move out as they are priced out of the market. It has happened since in many places and will happen here. It will become a better place to live.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-01-09 23:32:11

Blow me Alex you must be wearing the same rose tinted glasses as our Tory led Council. Have you not heard that the London Borough of Newham have bought 172 flats at Burnt Mill to house their homeless families and the same could happen to the many tower blocks proposed for the Town Centre. Lots of those who are anti-social will move out as they are priced out, how on earth do you think they could let alone want to do that? What evidence can you provide to substantiate that. As a former housing manager, I can tell you that anti-social behaviour has nothing to do with how much a person earns or how expensive a home they live in.

2024-01-10 09:25:26

Nicholas Taylor, is that true that Newham Council have purchased the Burnt Mill apartments? I have not heard or seen any further news and understood that the Council was fighting this. Where is the purchase confirmed? This is terrible as it will mean more low lives from London.

Edward Piller
2024-01-10 09:32:57

I once wrote a documentary caaled.THE DEATH OF A TOWN charting Harlow's decline from that glorious place.of.1952 to the uk capital of murder (per capita) Unsurprisingly it didn't get commissioned (I've written 13 docs for tv). It saddens me so much what they have done to my beautiful town. Begone!!

2024-01-10 11:23:16

Whilst you have companies like Nickolds who manage god knows how many HMO's with the majority of them mismanaged and full of drunks and druggies Harlow will never be decent.

2024-01-10 14:01:16

Edward - The Terminus House (and other office block) rehousing by other councils was definitely news a few years back. Not that I know how you approached the story but maybe coming at it from an angle that affects not only Harlow but many other towns in the country might work? Likewise, the changing landscape of the UK high street is very prevalent to the whole country.

Tracy George
2024-01-10 23:49:54

Sue Livings, that is all very nice, but would rather be able to get a docs a doc appointment at the surgery just a few yards away from your Old Harlow sign. If only money like this was put back into our NHS..

2024-01-11 01:02:49

Nicholas Taylor. I am awaiting your reply, confirming that Newham Council have bought the Burnt Mill properties as you said as I have not found any such information. Please advise your source as this is very worrying. Thanks

2024-01-11 10:04:32

Alex - there's a story on here (one of a few) about the development and how the council are going to try and fight the purchase. https://www.yourharlow.com/2023/12/23/leader-of-harlow-council-doing-everything-he-can-to-stop-newham-council-buying-burnt-mills-development/?_gl=1*10oktc8*_ga*MTc0Mjg2Njc2My4xNzAxMDk5MzM5*_ga_VG46TH43S2*MTcwNDk2NzMwOS4xMjUuMS4xNzA0OTY3MzQ5LjAuMC4w

2024-01-11 13:14:33

Thanks Wil. I did see that, but was concerned with the comment of Nicholas Taylor stating that Newham had already purchased the development. I want to know if this is true and where he found it reported. I am still awaiting his reply.

Nicholas Taylor
2024-01-11 17:43:52

Alex, the fact that it has gone through the committee cycle at Newham means that negotiation were well advanced by early last month and Newham will have obtained the funds to purchase the building. These things do not happen overnight, negotiations will have been going on for months because the wheels within local government take a great deal of time to turn. Newham have some 8600 children living in temporary accommodation and unless they find somewhere else to buy instead of at Burnt Mill they will not pull out of the deal. Did Dan not think it surprising that there have never been any for sale signs at the block, no fancy sales office or adverts to rent/buy in estate agents? Perhaps the Council would have been better advised to buy this block rather than the Harvey Centre?

2024-01-13 07:33:44

Thanks Nicholas, but where is it reported that Newham have actually completed the purchase? Your previous comment was: "Have you not heard that the London Borough of Newham have bought 172 flats at Burnt Mill to house their homeless families ...?" So where is this fact reported? If true, this is very concerning that Harlow becomes a dumping ground for London boroughs. We can be certain that people shipped here will not be doctors, teachers, engineers or scientists and will add to our drugs, crime and anti-social behaviour problems. Everything must be done to stop them.

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