Church Langley

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Church Langley
Church Langley Water Tower - - 190234.jpg
Church Langley Water Tower, Church Langley
Church Langley is located in Essex
Church Langley
Church Langley
Location within Essex
OS grid referenceTL481095
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHarlow
Postcode districtCM17
Dialling code01279
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
51°46′01″N 0°08′14″E / 51.766898°N 0.137344°E / 51.766898; 0.137344Coordinates: 51°46′01″N 0°08′14″E / 51.766898°N 0.137344°E / 51.766898; 0.137344

Church Langley is a village on the outskirts of Harlow, Essex, England.[1]

The estate was built from 1992[2] and was originally named Brenthall Park,[3] consisting of three developers in the Brenthall Park partnership who then sold on some estates to other developers. It was built over ten years by sixteen different home builders. The area prior to development was within the Epping district, an area cut off from Epping Forest District Council by the M11 and Harlow Common.

The original marketing tried to compare Church Langley to a village, and this is still referred to in news reports and in social media.[4]

Harlow Council granted permission for 3500 homes to be built between the A414 and M11 north of Potter Street on the condition that the developers incorporate community facilities. Church Langley was named after two ancient footpaths. The estate was built on farmland owned by local farmers William and Jon Moen. They were unhappy with the result, having left the design of the estate to developers, calling it "dull, retro-style architecture" with poor road planning. They resolved to exercise firmer control over the Newhall development, also built on their land using the money raised from the Church Langley development.[5]

A concrete water tower is situated to the east of Church Langley and can be clearly seen from the adjacent M11 motorway. This was built in 1993-1994.[6]

Community facilities in Church Langley include a Tesco store and petrol station (with shoe repair, car hire and hand car wash), pharmacy, doctor, dentist, children's development centre, community hall (Church Langley Community Centre), pub (the Potters Arms), ecumenical church (Church Langley Church - Church of England, Baptist, URC and Methodist), nursery (Kiddi Caru) and two primary schools.


  1. ^ "Harlow Wards". Harlow Council.
  2. ^ "Old village, new village green". Independent.
  3. ^ "Brenthall Park (One) Limited". Companies House.
  4. ^ "Mindless yobs vandalise nearly every bus stop in Church Langley". Your Harlow.
  5. ^ "Urban chic finds a home in the countryside". Telegraph. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ "Church Langley Water Tower".

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