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Happy 77th birthday to Harlow New Town (and many happy returns)

Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here / Mon 25th Mar 2024 at 09:15am

ON this date in 1947 Lewis Silkin MP, Minister for Town & Country Planning signed the Designation Order that was the official starting document for the construction of a New Town at Harlow.

Over the years, we have conducted a large number of interviews with residents, on why they came to Harlow.

Here is our interview with former chair of Harlow Council, Donald Legat Anderson.

We interviewed Donald in March 2017, when he was 99 years old. He lived to the remarkable age of 102.

When it came to the New Town, Donald was there from the very start.

He was there when the Arkwright family signed over vast tracts of land for the new town as part of a compulsory purchase order.

As well as being on this site, all our interviews are on a hard drive, so they can be preserved for posterity. We did 70 films for Harlow is 70 and 75 films for Harlow is 75. We have plans for a project in 2027, when Harlow New Town is 80 years old.

More interviews can be found on the channel below.

https://www.yourharlow.com/category/history/harlow-is-70-why-i-came-here/

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9 Comments for Happy 77th birthday to Harlow New Town (and many happy returns):

Ray
2024-03-25 14:12:56

Same day as Elton J. but we're only just about standing.

Betty Jones
2024-03-25 17:28:54

What great market and stall holders that were specially the little funny man on fruit and veg down by eastern electricity then , mum wouldn't go anywhere else funny and kind made mum laugh she couldn't wait for market days

William Warner
2024-03-26 05:09:58

Happy birthday 🎉🎉🎉 to Harlow town

Revd Karen Wilson
2024-03-26 09:52:10

My Dad built a house in Collins Meadow and Mum and Dad looked over watercress beds then. When we came along he built again in Burnet Park. We all had great childhoods in Harlow, there was so much to do and be involved in. Mum and Dad lived in Harlow for 65 years, they married in 1957.

Cheryl
2024-03-26 11:00:46

🎈🎉🎊 HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLOW NEW TOWN. HIP HIP HOORAY,HIP HIP HOORAY,HIP HIP HOORAY AND 1 FOR LUCK,HIP HIP HOORAY.🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎂🍾🍾🍾🍾🇬🇸🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🇬🇧👏👍

Cheryl
2024-03-26 11:01:48

Lol my mistake with first flag.🤣

Colin
2024-03-26 14:47:55

Well it's not really Harlow's birthday . Yes the New Towns Act was signed in 1947 and several places were named as possible New Towns one of which was Harlow however building didn't start until 1949 and then only in a small way. So in reality Harlow is 77 years old and is only 75

Eddie
2024-03-26 14:51:35

Colin . You anorak. 😂😂

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARLOW!!!
2024-03-27 08:25:11

Love you Harlow,sending you lots of positive energy.xxx

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