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Harlow is 70: Why I Came Here

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ON SATURDAY morning, YH editor, Michael Casey presented a talk at Harlow Museum on the Why They Came Here project. In the audience was 91-year-old Florence Corker who had come to visit the museum from Devon. Florence told us that she came to Harlow as…

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THE name Eddie Woolf may not be familiar but to many people, John Walton will be. John Walton was the shop that many of us remember for school uniform. We caught up with Eddie and his cousin, Harlow MP, Robert Halfon outside where the shop…

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IN 1974, Becci Court moved from the village of Belchford in Lincolnshire and came to Harlow. Now, Becci, who works for Harlow Council, is co-ordinating the Harlow is 70 celebrations across the town. So we dropped into the chambers at the Water Gardens to ask…

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HEALTH care specialist, Ram Gulrajani came to Harlow from Gibraltar in 1985. So, what took him from the sun-kissed rock to the new town of Harlow?

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Although, the majority of our interviews are and will be on film, we do welcome written submissions. Here is a submission from Josephine Cabburn Our introduction to Harlow was in 1959. We were living in a flat in Elstree. I had just had my first…

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IT WAS a real pleasure to interview John Wix. For us, he seemed to embody the “Pioneer spirit” that brought people to Harlow in the early years. People have questioned if the spirit is still there? Well have a look at this interview with John…

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WE have already interviewed local historian Ron Bill on his fascinating book called Harlow: A Civic History: 1955-85. But what of Ron’s own personal history? Ron tells us about his journey from Dagenham to Northbrooks in 1956.

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IN October 1964, Bert and Frances Hudson moved from Harlow to Basildon. Bert worked for the Labour Exchange (Job Centre) and had just been promoted. They moved to Orchard Croft, just near The Stow. Their son, Ian came with them. Ian is now the chair…

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WE thought we would start at the beginning. Before we interview people regarding why they or their family came to the town, we went down to Chippingfield in Old Harlow to speak to Harlow historian David Devine. David explained to us why Chippingfield was so…

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LAST WEEK, Harlow Museum and Your Harlow announced that they had been given a lottery grant to run a series of films that interviewed people on why they came to Harlow. Our editor, Michael Casey, thought he would explain a little bit more about the…

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AN EXCITING heritage project that will chronicle the reasons why people moved to Harlow is set to be launched. 

Why They Came is a partnership between Harlow Museum and on-line newspaper, YourHarlow.Com and will run throughout 2017, the seventieth birthday of Harlow New Town. 

The project,…

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BEFORE we begin a year long series of filmed interviews that chronicle the reasons why people came to Harlow between 1947 and 2017, we thought we would interview a man who could be described as the true curator of Harlow’s history. Ron Bill wrote the…