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Chelmsford is the county town of Essex (since 1215) in the East of England. It is situated approximately 51 km northeast of the notional centre of London and approximately 35 km from Colchester. According to the census in 2011, the population of Chelmsford is approximately 111,511. The major conurbation of the Chelmsford combines all or part of the former parishes of Galleywood, Widford, Writtle, Springfield, Broomfield, Moulsham and Great Baddow. Chelmsford is world famous for radio, as it is the birthplace of radio. In 2012, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Lord President of the Privy Council announced that Chelmsford was to be granted a status of the city. The natives of Chelmsford city are known by the name of "Chelmsfordian".

Local Government

Chelmsford is recognised as the political centre of Essex. Chelmsford is home to the headquarters of Chelmsford City Council (on Duke Street) and Essex County Council (on Market Road). Essex Police headquarters is located in the Springfield area of Chelmsford. Under the provisions of Municipal Corporations Act 1882, Chelmsford was incorporated as a municipal borough in the year 1888. Borough was enlarged in 1934 by gaining 1659 acres from Chelmsford Rural District. In 1974, the municipal borough was abolished. Vicky Ford is the Member of Parliament for the Chelmsford constituency. Ford gained 53.7% votes in the general election of 2017 and won the seat with the majority over the labour candidate Chris Vince (29.8%).


Chelmsford is home to the King Edward VI Grammar School and Chelmsford County High School. Part of the Anglia Ruskin University earlier known with the name of Anglia Polytechnic is also in Chelmsford. Chelmsford College established in the 1960s, is the major provider of further education in the city. College offers academic, vocational and occupational programmes and has approximately 2,200 full-time and 2,100 part-time students. OFSTED has rated the Chelmsford College as “GOOD”. The Chelmsford College is an IiP Gold award holder. Some of the educational establishments of Chelmsford are Chelmer Valley High School, The Sandon School, St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School, New Hall School, Hylands School Specialist Science and Sixth Form College, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, etc.

Famous Attractions

Some of the famous attractions of Chelmsford are:

  • Hylands House – It is a neo-classical villa situated in Hylands Park. Chelmsford City Council owns and operate the Hylands House. In 1996, Chelmsford Borough Council purchased the Park for the enjoyment of people of Chelmsford.
  • Chelmsford Cathedral – The cathedral is dedicated to St Peter, St Mary the Virgin and St Cedd. It was first built along with the town 800 years ago, and in the 15th and early 16th century, the cathedral was rebuilt.
  • Chelmsford Museums – It is a local museum explaining the history of the city. To promote the story of Chelmsford from 1900 onwards work will begin on Oaklands House during 2008 and 2009.
  • Essex Police Museum – The museum conveys the history of Essex police. It was set up in 1992 as a charity to provide a home to the historical items related to Essex police. It has more than 25,000 items including photos, objects and paper documents.
  • Shire Hall – It is a Georgian building that was designed by John Johnson (the county Surveyor) for civic meetings and county council meetings. It is one of the most significant and old buildings of Chelmsford.


  • During winter – In winter the temperature of Chelmsford usually stays below 0°C. From November to March the air and ground frost is very common in the city. As the Chelmsford is near to the east coast snow can sometimes be seen in the winter.
  • During summer – The city has a warmer climate, and the temperature in summer often reaches 30°C. Chelmsford is one of the driest places in the country and has some of the hottest summers in Britain.

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