London satellite new town turns 70
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Harlow: London satellite new town turns 70

A new town built to ease overcrowding in London is celebrating its 70th birthday.

Harlow, in Essex, was founded on 25 March 1947 and designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd for 60,000 people.

It is credited as having the first all-pedestrian shopping precinct and the first modern high-rise residential tower block, The Lawn, which opened in 1951.

Various events are taking place to mark the birthday of the town, which now has a population of about 80,000.

  • 25 Mar
  • From the section Essex