Essex—Well Connected with Excellent Schools

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Population: 1,729,200
Language: English
Currency: GBP (Pound sterling)

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Benefitting from a rich history, stunning coastline, unspoilt countryside and a great location on London’s doorstep, Essex boasts a fantastic variety of things to do.


Essex is well connected, particularly to London’s City and Docklands areas, and has excellent schools, both state and private. Bustling and growing towns are dotted about the unspoilt countryside and along the extensive coastline; one of the longest in the country. This coastline provides a fantastic choice of yacht clubs and fish restaurants, enjoyed by Essex residents and tourists alike. As with much of the East of England, Essex benefits from a particularly dry and warm climate and Essex is known for its good schools, in all corners of the county; no wonder, then, that’s it’s a very popular place to live.

Strutt & Parker’s Chelmsford office covers the whole county and its Cambridge office also services the North West corner. Essex has a wealth of fantastic property; country cottages and farms as well as huge country houses, equestrian properties and beautiful Georgian homes.


Key towns in Essex

The former county town, recently granted city status, is Chelmsford, which has been voted one of the most desirable places to live in the country. The River Chelmer and The River Can meet just to the east of the town and flow through the busy city centre. It has a market, a useful high street, and a couple of shopping centres, providing good amenities for the local residents. Chelmsford is well connected with direct access to the A12 and regular railway services into London. The city is kept congestion free, thanks to a ‘park & ride’ service into the centre.

Formerly an industrial town and known as the birthplace of radio, Chelmsford has lots of cultural attractions to explore, including the Chelmsford museum, the cathedral – one of the smallest in the country – and Hylands House and Estate, which is now open to the public and used as a venue for a variety of events.

Brentwood is very conveniently located for commuting into London, with easy access to the M25. It has a huge residential quarter, which is surrounded by open countryside, and a recently redeveloped high street whose amenities and shopping opportunities are constantly growing and improving.

Saffron Walden is a charming small market town near the Cambridgeshire border, famous for its tea rooms and cake shops. It is an interesting town, with medieval architecture hinting at its long history; it has existed since before the Roman occupation. It has excellent schools, a community cinema and two fantastic real local pubs: the Eight Bells and the Cricketers Arms.

The historic and fast growing town of Colchester claims to be the oldest town in Britain. It has a number of museums, arts organisations and live music venues, as well as good sports facilities. The new and very modern architect designed art gallery sits side by side with the attractive and traditional architecture of the town.

Dunmow is an historic and attractive small market town on the River Chelmer. It has a sixteenth century town hall and a high street with useful shops and a selection of pubs and eateries. Dunmow is known for still practising the ancient custom of ‘Flitch Trials’ where couples must convince a jury of maidens and bachelors that they have ‘not wisht themselves unmarried again’ in the last year, as referenced in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

Located on the Blackwater estuary is Maldon, an ancient and charming town now famed for its salt. Despite being close to London and other large towns, Maldon has thrived in its own right, with a bustling and attractive town centre and a number of sailing clubs. It has globally important nature reserves and footpaths; a haven for wildlife and wildlife lovers alike.

Braintree offers its residents both idyllic countryside and farmland surroundings and a thriving and active centre that is only 10 miles from Chelmsford. The town has excellent amenities including many pubs and bars, an arts centre, a cinema, and a bowling alley. Complementing the good retail opportunities in the town centre, Freeport Braintree is an outlet shopping centre that welcomes hoards of shoppers from London and the nearby towns.

The small Georgian town of Witham, sitting on the River Brain, has a selection of high street shops, supermarkets, and other amenities. A walking route guides visitors for three and a half miles through the town, highlighting points of interest, including rare wildlife. In the area, there are limitless opportunities for walking, cycling, and golf.


Transport links

Essex is very well connected, particularly to London; the M25 runs through the south-western corner of the county, connecting to the national motorway network. London’s Liverpool Street station, in the heart of the City of London, is just 35 minutes by train from some parts of Essex.

Essex has two airports: London Stansted and the smaller London Southend. Luton airport is also within easy reach.


Leisure

There is a large array of outdoor activities in Essex. With 350 miles of coastline and beautifully rural countryside, wildlife thrives; rare birds, voles, and seals are regular sights in some areas. Along the coast, there are extensive opportunities for sailing; with a huge number of yacht clubs dotted along the estuary.

Inland, the picturesque and rural countryside is the ideal spot for walking, cycling, and riding. For generations this lowland landscape has been an inspiration to writers and artists; a cycling painter’s trail highlights the many scenes that have been immortalised in art. The buzzing towns and traditional villages, blessed with great traditional pubs and independent boutiques, are a great way to spend a relaxed weekend.

The county has a rich history, evident in its lavish architecture and numerous stately homes, including Audley End House, a former palace, and Ingatestone Hall. The county’s temperate climate is perfect for getting out and about and exploring all that Essex has to offer.


Why we love Essex

One of the biggest selling points of Essex is the fantastic combination of unspoilt countryside and farmland, yet with exceptionally good connections and access into London – it really is the best of both worlds. Within Essex itself, there are plenty of buzzing towns and cities but you can enjoy a vast range of wildlife, beautiful scenery and coastlines, within minutes. It is also blessed with a rich history and many interesting historical and cultural landmarks.

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