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Chelmsford is within commuting distance of London at about 35 miles to the North East.  This makes the railway station one of the busiest in the area with over 10,000 passengers a day.



Founded in 1199, Chelmsford has been the county town of Essex for more than 700 years. Imposing 18th C. Shire Hall, and 15th C. parish church designated a cathedral in 1914. Pedestrianised shopping areas and excellent entertainment leisure facilities, including the Essex county cricket Ground. In 1899, the world’s first radio factory was opened here by Guglielmo Marconi.

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Local Industry

Marconi established the first radio factory in Chelmsford and the company is still a major employer, only now it is radar and various defence electronics which is produced.

Britvic began here and is still a major employer.  They produce fruit juices and other drinks.


Books About Chelmsford



Local Heroes

Guglielmo Marconi developed the first radio transmitter and receiver here during the late 1800s.  This led eventually in 1926 to the establishment of the BBC.


Connections abroad

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