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Harlow Development Corporation

It’s 1947, and Harlow village and surrounding hamlets are soon to become Harlow 'New Town'. The film documents those pockets of rural quiet prior to its development.

Sponsored film 1949 12 mins Silent

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A pictorial document of ‘Old Harlow’, showing Harlow village and the surrounding picturesque smaller settlements that would later all combine and become Harlow New Town. This sleepy rural idyll – quiet country lanes and greenery in abundance, is a stark contrast to the development that was about to take place. The urban development is in the hands of the Minister, Corporation Members and Chief Officers, who pose for the camera at the film's beginning.