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 worlds first radio factory was opened here by Guglielmo Marconi.
With thanks to The East of England Tourist Board
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
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.
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