Harlow, Essex

Harlow: St Mary at Latton Church, Essex

This ancient church, which stands away from both the Old and New towns of Harlow is now isolated amongst modern housing estates and dual-carriageway roads. When the New Towns were being built there was consideration to save old buildings, but very little concept of how they might appear wrong when surrounded by concrete and metal.

The first church here was Saxon, but nothing stone remains from that period. What is left today is largely of Norman construction with some later, 15th Century, additions such as the chantry chapel.

What elsewhere might be a very pleasant and peaceful church is here somewhat blighted by the traffic thundering by and the background of rather unkempt 1960s housing. It is probably best viewed from across the road near to the bizarre statuary called “Solo Flight” put up by Antanas Brazdys in 1982 which is, in itself, somewhat cut off from easy access but is actually part of Harlow’s Sculpture Trail which includes work by such luminaries as Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth and Elizabeth Frink.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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