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Chelmsford; Local Information
Chelmsford, county town of Essex, has good links with East Anglia and London, and is convenient for Stansted Airport and London. The A12 road runs to the east of the town, meeting the M25 London Orbital near Brentwood. London's Liverpool Street rail station is just 35 minutes away.
The name Chelmsford dates back to Saxon times and the town is mentioned in 1086 as a pair of settlements next to the river Can.
In 1199 King John granted the town the right to hold a market and Chelmsford becoame the county town of Essex in 1250.
Chelmsford is famous for a great many things - most prominently it is the birthplace of radio and is was the first town to be fully lit by electric street lamps.
Situated in the heart of the town centre is the historic 15th Century Cathedral which is the home of the annual Cathedral Festival.
Shopping in Chelmsford is concentrated around three main areas:
The Meadows - a new and impressive shopping development, High Chelmer - an earlier shopping precinct and Moulsham Street with many smaller specialist shops.
In August, Hylands Park is the venue for the award winning Chelmsford Spectacular which provides a vast array of world class music and entertainment. It is also the home of the annual pop music 'V' concerts.