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1. History of Harlow
Harlow was built as a new town after the second World War to ease overcrowding in London, with plans drawn up in 1947. It was the location for Britain's first pedestrian precinct and modern style residential tower block, and many of the country's leading architects designed buildings here. Since then the town has undergone major redevelopment, including a new civic centre and s...Read more
2. Now in Harlow
The town has seen a lot of growth and expansion, and as part of London's commuter belt, a lot of residents work in the city and live in Harlow.
3. Events in Harlow
The main centre for events in the town is Harlow Town Park, where residents can attend regular events, including a large annual fireworks display, and The Harlow Show. The Show is attended by around 20,000 people and provides a wide range of entertainment for the crowds including marquees and performances.
4. Attractions in Harlow
Harlow houses a large collection of sculpture including works by Rodin, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. The idea for obtaining the works for the town began as Harlow aims to be a place where people from all backgrounds can have access to art. The Gibberd Garden in Harlow is home to the Gibberd family's private collection of sculpture, and is a managed modern garden.
5. Things To Do in Harlow
Harlow is home to many sports clubs; Harlow Rugby FC, Harlow Town FC, and four cricket clubs are located in the town. As well as this, you can also find the UK's first purpose built sports centre - Harlow Sports Centre, as well as a large skate park, funded with the investment of Sport England.
6. Business in Harlow
Despite primarily being a commuter town, Harlow is home to some large businesses, with Raytheon, Nortel and GlaxoSmithKline all having premises here, and one of Europe's largest online golf retailers, Onlinegolf, are based here.
7. Transport in Harlow
Harlow has two railway stations; Harlow Town railway station, and Harlow Mill railway station, as well as the London Underground station in nearby Epping. By road, the town is off Junction 7 of the M11, within short distance of Stansted Airport and the M25. The town benefits from being near to this airport, and also has an extensive bus network.
8. Entertainment in Harlow
One of Harlow's main entertainment centres is the Harlow Playhouse, which opened in 1971 with a show starring Lulu. Since then there has been a wide range of live entertainment at the venue, including film, visual arts and comedy. Every year there are two seasons of entertainment including live music, dance, drama, comedy, children's entertainment and film, alongside an annual ...Read more
9. Famous Landmarks in Harlow
One of Harlow's most famous buildings is The Lawn, Britain's first modern-style residential tower block, and it is now a Grade-II listed building. Other notable buildings in the town are Gibberd's tromp-l'oeil terrace in Orchard Croft, and Dawbarn's maisonette blocks at Bishopsfield.
10. Interesting Facts about Harlow
Harlow has an extensive cycle path network, one of the biggest in the country. It is mostly made up of the pre-new town roads, and connects all areas of the town to the town centre and industrial areas.
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