Properties and events in Harlow 2017
Properties and events in Harlow 2017
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180 Bishopsfield, Harlow
180 Bishopsfield, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6UT
A private residence in the award-winning Michael Neylan's development. This courtyard dwelling in Bishopsfield reflects the creative approach to…
A private residence in the award-winning Michael Neylan's development. This courtyard dwelling in Bishopsfield reflects the creative approach to housing encouraged by Frederick Gibberd's master plan for Harlow New Town. The staggered set of 256 dwellings at Bishopsfield is based on the winning design submitted to an open competition held in 1961. The brief by Harlow Development Corporation sought to give architects 'a freer hand to solve the old problems in new way'. The first prize went to Michael Neylan, a 24 year old graduate. Widely published in the architectural press, Bishopsfield's plans informed and continues to inform generations of architects, planners and students in Britain and overseas.
- Sunday 10 September: 1100-1600
Groups need to book in advance for their visit to this private residence Contact: Pauline Hockley Call: 07812185676 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Booking opens: 1 August 2017 10:00 Booking closes: 8 September 2017 17:00
Access to the property(the owner's home) is difficult. It is possible to take a wheelchair to the house entrance, but not inside.
Max 6 people per tour/session. Car parking is usually taken up by residents, but there is street parking in the vicinity.
Turn off Southern Way on to Partridge Road and Bishopsfield is on the left.
Harlowbury Chapel, Old Road, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0HE
Harlowbury Chapel is situated in the grounds of Harlowbury Manor. The chapel was built in 1180 with brick buttressed flint walls a fine crown post…
Harlowbury Chapel is situated in the grounds of Harlowbury Manor. The chapel was built in 1180 with brick buttressed flint walls a fine crown post roof and Norman arched doors and windows. The Chapel is on the site of an earlier building, carbon dated to approximately 750. The nearby house has been dated by dendrochronology to around 1221.
The estates at Harlowbury were gifted to the abbots of Bury St Edmunds in 1041 by a saxon thane, Thurstan. The chapel was built by Abbot Samson and served to allow the abbots to offer prayer when travelling to London. The house, which is not open, was built by abbot Hugh. The chapel and front gardens of the manor house are open. Historical information will be on display with publications available for purchase.
- Friday 8 September: 1100-1600
No booking required
The chapel is up the gravel drive to the house. There is no parking as such, although limited parking is available on the rough grass around the chapel. There is no proper wheelchair access, although it is just two shallow steps from the grassy path into the Chapel. If using a wheelchair it is best to drive up to the Chapel door as it is a hard push on the gravel! Dogs welcome but any waste must be removed. There is a nice walk nearby across fields to the Gibberd Garden
Situated on Old Road, The entrance is off Curteys which is on the eastern exit to the mini roundabout on Old Road. Come up a gravelled drive through a small field to the Chapel.
Old Harlow Heritage Day
St John's Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC), St John's Walk, Market Street, Harlow, Essex, cm17 0aj
St John's Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC) will be holding a special Heritage Open Day concentrating on the area of Old Harlow and the ARC. The…
St John's Arts and Recreation Centre (ARC) will be holding a special Heritage Open Day concentrating on the area of Old Harlow and the ARC. The day will include talks by local historians on the local area and the ARC, family history workshops, exhibitions and displays including original materials from local shops that would have been here during the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
We hope to open the tower which was built in 1840 and generally closed to the public. The tower gives incredible views over the town.
The event is being part funded and promoted under the Harlow is 70 campaign. In 1947, Harlow was officially designated a new town, and the aim of the project is to promote Harlow, its places and its people, and to get the community together to celebrate this occasion.
Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day and the event is free entry.
- Sunday 10 September: 1000-1600
No booking required
There is limited parking at the centre but nearby public car parks are free on weekends. We are 5 minutes walk from Harlow Mill Train Station.
The church of St John the Baptist in Old Harlow (Now St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre) was designed by Architect Thomas Smith & built in 1840. The tower is 5.5M square and approximately 16M high with 3 upper floors, a clock room and the belfry. By 1979, St John’s Church was declared redundant by the Diocese of Chelmsford and fell into disrepair . In 1983 St John’s Arts and Recreation Association was formed. Grants & fundraising saw the building refurbished and new extensions were added. In 1986 St John's Art & Recreation officially opened to the public.
We are next to the Memorial University of Newfoundland Campus.
Parndon Hall, Princess Alexandra Hospital , Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX
In the midst of Harlow New Town, at the back of the site of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, stands Parndon Hall. The house was built in…
In the midst of Harlow New Town, at the back of the site of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, stands Parndon Hall. The house was built in 1867 for Loftus Arkwright, the great grandson of Richard Arkwight of Derbyshire, who was a cotton industry entrepreneur involved at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution. Loftus's wife Elizabeth (nee Reynolds) was a gifted horsewoman and artist and on moving into her new home, set about decorating the house with murals of a most extraordinary kind. The artwork was re-discovered after the Second World War and can be seen in rooms and the stairwell. The house is currently in use as the Education Centre for Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and the rooms of the family home now have very different uses, but the layout remains relatively unchanged. There will be an exhibition and guided tours. Refreshments, books and postcards will be on sale. A large number of the paintings in the house depict children and animals (but it should be noted that there are a large number of nude female figures portrayed as well). The history of the Arkwright family covers 1732 to the present day, the Industrial Revolution, families and their legacies, post-war New Town planning and so may be of interest to students.
- Saturday 9 September: Tours every half hour starting at 1100 (No tour at 1300). Last tour at 15.30
No booking required
The ground floor of Parndon Hall is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs where most of the art is visible and part of the tour. The toilets are situated on the Ground Floor. A staircase is the only access to the First Floor where there are rooms to see as part of the tour and some more wall paintings.
Max 10 people per tour/session. This is a Victorian family home situated in the heart of Harlow with an interesting family history connection. Frederick Gibberd's post-war planning ensured the preservation of old houses and churches wherever possible. Parndon Hall is a work-place for staff of Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and is equipped as such.
The large red brick mansion with Portland Stone dressing is situated among pine trees in the north west corner of the hospital site. Visitors to the event should drive on to the Hospital site and use the Pay and Display car park, or park in the public Wych Elm car park nearby and walk across to the hospital, following the footpath to Parndon Hall (Building 2). You can make use of Harlow's excellent cycle ways to reach Princess Alexandra Hospital and Parndon Hall; Harlow Town Station is a fifteen minute walk and the bus station ten minutes through the town centre. Please let us know if you would like access to parking for the less mobile visitors.
The Gibberd Garden
The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, Essex, CM17 0NA
The Gibberd Garden is Grade II listed and was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading twentieth century architect and the master-planner of…
The Gibberd Garden is Grade II listed and was created by Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading twentieth century architect and the master-planner of Harlow New Town. He acquired the site in 1957 with the intention of remodelling the house and garden, and from 1972 (on his marriage to Patricia, Lady Gibberd) he filled the grounds with sculptures, ceramic pots and architectural pieces.
The garden has formal lawns, pools, streams and glades, a dramatic mature lime avenue (complete with medieval fonts), a brookside walk with a waterfall, a wild garden with a tangle of paths where children love to hide, a moated castle with drawbridge and a Barn Tearoom run by friendly volunteers - with cakes, ice creams and refreshments.
Sir Frederick Gibberd's House is also available to visit.
- Sunday 10 September: 1400-1800
No booking required
Paths in the Garden are steep in places and uneven. In wet weather paths can become very slippery.
Visitors wishing to see The Gibberd Rooms, Sir Frederick Gibberd's former home, need to book at the entrance in the Shop. There is a limit of 12 people per visit/tour and a timed entry ticket is issued every half-hour from 3pm, on a first-come, first served basis.
The Gibberd Garden has brown "attraction" signage as one nears the site.
The Secret Garden: Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens
Museum of Harlow, Muskham Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2LF
We will be offering a special talk about the history of the Museum, from its early days as the stables to Mark Hall Manor House, with earlier…
We will be offering a special talk about the history of the Museum, from its early days as the stables to Mark Hall Manor House, with earlier links to the Norman Invasion and the heady days when Queen Elizabeth came to stay on a number of occasions.
Visitors will also have a chance to celebrate Harlow New Town's 70th birthday with our latest exhibition: Photos of Harlow, Old and New.
And to round off the day, some tea and cake might go down well in our small cafe!
Our Walled Gardens are also ideal for a family picnic if you want to make a day of it! You can pick up one of our sculpture or garden trails at reception free of charge.
A great day at Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens. Not to be missed!
- Saturday 9 September: 1000-1600, Tours 1030, 1145 & 1330
Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens is free to explore between 10am and 4pm but advance booking is recommended for our tours. Contact: Marta Jimenez Call: 01279 454 959 Email: email@example.com Write to: Mushkam Road, Harlow, CM20 2LF Booking opens: 1 August 2017 00:00 Booking closes: 9 September 2017 14:00
Our visitor car park can be found at the rear of the museum. The disabled car park is by the main museum entrance on Mushkam Road.
Max 12 people per tour/session.
Please visit our website www.science-alive.co.uk for tips on how to get to Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens.