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  • 1. History of Chelmsford

    In 1199, a Royal Carter for Chelmsford was granted by the Bishop of London so that Chelmsford could hold a market; this decree marked the origin of the modern town. Chelmsford was heavily involved in the 1381 Peasants’ Revolt, and in the 17th century, it was the last place that victims of the Matthew Hopkins witch hunts were held before they were tried and hung at Assizes. Du...Read morering the Second World War, Chelmsford was an important centre for the production of light engineering equipment, and was attacked several times, both by aircrafts and missiles. Read less

  • 2. Now in Chelmsford

    The undercover market in Chelmsford started all the way back in the 12th century is still a big part of the town; running every Tuesday to Saturday. Chelmsford is the county town of Essex and is a popular home for many people who commute into London and work in the city..

  • 3. Events in Chelmsford

    Every year, Chelmsford is home to a wide range of events, including the ESSEXstreetdiversions, The 3foot People Festival and the popular V Festival, that sees some of the biggest names in music perform at Hylands Park.

  • 4. Attractions in Chelmsford

    There are loads of things to do and see in Chelmsford, including the 18-arch Victorian railway viaduct that goes across the River Can in Central Park. There are wonderful villages to visit in the area that still retain their traditional charm. With 1,507 acres of green space in Chelmsford and 8 Green Flag awarded parks, you will be spoilt for choice whether you want to walk or ...Read morecycle in the area. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Chelmsford

    Chelmsford has many great museums to visit, including the Chelmsford Museum and The Essex Police Museum. At the Chelmsford Museum you can get a glimpse into Chelmsford’s rich history has a wide display of local items and exhibitions that change throughout the year. The Essex Police Museum retraces the history of local policing back to 1840.

  • 6. Business in Chelmsford

    Chelmsford’s history as an employment centre has continued since its beginnings as a market town and industrial hub in the 19th century. Although the area is known part of the London commuter belt, Chelmsford has almost exactly the same number of commuters coming in everyday from around Essex to work in the county town.

  • 7. Transport in Chelmsford

    In 1842, The Eastern Counties Railway arrived in Chelmsford, and since then, the town has offered excellent links to Central London and the South East of England. There are frequent trains that travel directly to and from London Liverpool Street, making the area popular with commuters who work in the financial industries.

  • 8. Entertainment in Chelmsford

    Chelmsford boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, with a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs. Its central location and great transport links makes Chelmsford a very popular night out in the Essex area.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Chelmsford

    Chelmsford Cathedral is the second smallest cathedral in Britain, but don’t be fooled by its humble appearance; the interior regularly stuns Chelmsford visitors with its hidden splendour. The tallest building in Chelmsford is the Chain Home radar tower, which stands at 360 feet. The Shire Hall which is situated at the top of the Chelmsford High Street was opened in 1791. Buil...Read moret as a courthouse, it is still a courthouse today. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Chelmsford

    A 2010 survey voted found that Chelmsford was the happiest place to live in the UK. The survey, carried out by found that Chelmsford had the highest percentage of people who viewed their quality of life as ‘very good’.


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