History of the Green Man and Old Harlow

Located at the central focal point of Mulberry Green, The Green Man is an important landmark in Old Harlow, and clear evidence Mulberry Green was once a coaching station.

In fact, the current settlement pattern and collection of public houses in Harlow are also proof of the area’s role as a major stop-off point for horse-drawn coaches en route to London from Cambridge, Newmarket, Norwich and elsewhere. The route to London ran south from Harlow Mill via Old Road, Mulberry Green, the High Street and London Road.

In 1218, permission was granted to hold a Monday market in Harlow, which led to the growth of Old Harlow. The layout of Market Street today echoes its past life as an active marketplace.

Old Harlow, which was simply known as ‘Harlow’ before Harlow New Town was built, pre-dates the first written record in the Domesday book of 1086 when a population of 45 was noted – mainly poor tenant farmers attached to nearby Harlowbury Manor.

Ultimately, it is not known when the town first came into existence, however there is evidence of an Iron Age settlement just north of Old Harlow on Stanegrove Hill, as well as the archaeological remains of a temple dating back to the 1st century.

Harlow New Town

Harlow New Town, Basildon, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead were built just after World War II to ease the overcrowding in East London. New and modern, New Harlow is a vibrant contrast to Old Harlow, planned with many open green spaces and over 100 public sculptures, including Rodin, Hepworth, and Henry Moore.

Whatever your reason for visiting, you’ll find a warm welcome when you step through the doors of The Green Man, just as travellers have enjoyed for centuries at this historic former coaching inn. Try a relaxing Sunday lunch, or opt for one of our seasonal specials from a delicious extensive pub menu.

Directions to the Green Man

You can find the Green Man on Mulberry Green in Old Harlow, close to Harlow Cricket Ground. Situated just off the B183 Gilden Way, we are conveniently located just 10 minutes from the M11 at junction 7.To find us by satnav, use the postcode CM17 0ET