Thursday, 15 January 2009

Harlow: Ancient & Modern (6)

Harlowbury is a Grade I listed building on the edge of what is now named Old Harlow. What resembles a village surrounded by the 'new town' was once a market town on the London to Cambridge road, having its market day on a Saturday. D W Coller, writing in 'A Peoples History of Essex' (1861) says of Harlowbury:

"Harlow Bury was given to the abbey of Bury St Edmund's by Thurston, son of Wina, in the time of Edward the Confessor; and the lordly abbot of that house appears to have made it a halting place, where he feasted and sojourned for a time, as he travelled to and fro in attending parliament" [Coller, p308].

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