Parish Gallery

The Museum’s Toy Collection

What’s on display?

Since the 1970s, the museum has collected various items for the Parish gallery from residents who have kindly donated to the museum for future generations to enjoy. On display are multiple maps and artefacts that offer a fascinating glimpse into the physical landscape and lives of residents before the New Town development.


Original Mark Hall Manor

Who lived in the parishes?

Prior to 1947, the town was once made up of small villages, including Potter Street, Latton, Netteswell, Little and Great Parndon. Many of the town’s residents worked on farms or tended to the land, it would be common for people to begin their work in agriculture as soon as they left school. Alongside these hamlets lived wealthy landowners who resided in large houses many existing today . The gallery tells the stories of the buildings and the people who once called them home.


Metropolitan Ware

We have on display a fantastic selection of Metropolitan Ware made locally in Potter Street, Harlow. The popular style of pottery in the 1600s was made by applying different coloured ‘slip’ to pottery, to create decorative patterns, such as letters, drawings, political or religious phrases.