Harlow Temple

Harlow Roman Temple site
Harlow Roman Temple site


One of Harlow’s unique features is that it was once home to a Roman Temple site. The area which is now known as Templefields has a long history, even before the Romans it was a settlement with a few farms and Iron Age Temple. When the Romans arrived, they settled on the pre-existing temple and re-dedicated worship to Minerva: the goddess of wisdom and war.

Harlow would have provided access to Roman roads and riverways via the river Stort. Goods would have been brought and traded such as pottery, food and preserves. The physical temple no longer exists, however the foundations and layout can still be seen today and accessed by foot.

Several Roman Artefacts from the Roman Exhibit at the Harlow Museum
Roman brooches


The site was excavated between 1962-1971 and produced several significant discoveries. For example, the type of worship conducted by the Romans at the temple was discovered after a limestone head of goddess Minerva was unearthed. Large numbers of personal objects were found including broaches, clothing, iron tools and shield bindings. All of the items gave an interesting insight into the lives of Roman people. Many of the artefacts can be seen at Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens.

Part of an Aged Roman Sculpture at Harlow Museum
A photograph of a part of an aged roman sculpture at Harlow museum on a black background. The sculpture appears to depict face, however it is too aged and corroded to tell.

What to see at Harlow Museum?

Harlow Museum & Walled Gardens displays the history of the Roman Temple Site and it’s excavations within the Roman Gallery. Dive into the rich history of the site and learn about the lives of people who lived in the area and travelled here for trade. A large collection of artefacts from Harlow’s excavations are on display, including coins, statues, shoes, tools and more.

Learn more about the Roman Gallery here