Visit Chelmsford and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Chelmsford, Essex. The position of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex, on the main road from London to Colchester and Ipswich and on the cross routes from the south east to the north west of the county as well as its placing on the River Chelmer and the River Can has made it an important thoroughfare town since Roman times.
The Parish Church of St Mary was raised to the status of a cathedral just before the First World War and with its fine 15th-century tower topped by an open lantern and spire added in 1749, is a prominent feature of the city. In particular the south porch with elaborate perpendicular flush-work patterning demands attention. Restorations took place early in the 19th century and again early in the 20th. Many of the interior fitments such as the pulpit, the altar, the provost's stall and the bishop's throne are comparatively recent, but there are a number of interesting monuments from the 16th century and later.
The Shire Hall was built by John Johnson (who was later to work on the church) in 1789-91. Though not large it is finely proportioned and suited to the dignity of a small town. The County Hall was built in 1935. As an important market and thoroughfare town traffic came to Chelmsford by water and rail as well as by road and its continued development in the 18th and 19th centuries has left a number of good domestic buildings, inns and, in particular, mills of which those at Springfield, Barnes and Moulsham are the best examples.
Later industrial development came when Marconi developed his electronic industry here and at Writtle. Civic buildings of the 19th century include a number of chapels and meeting houses and the conduit of 1814. The main public library, municipal offices and civic theatre are at the top end of Duke Street, while the excellent Chelmsford and Essex Museum is in Oaklands Park near the junction of Moulsham Street and the Chelmsford bypass.
The town is well provided with sporting facilities, the County Cricket team play here and there is an excellent football team.
Nearby airports: London Stansted
Nearby towns: Billericay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Bishop's Stortford, Bocking, Braintree, Brentwood, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Maldon, Wickford, Witham, Writtle
Nearby villages: Bicknacre, Blackmore, Boreham, Danbury, Downham, East Hanningfield, Faulkbourne, Freyerning, Galleywood, Good Easter, Great Baddow, Great Leighs, Great Waltham, Hatfield Peverel, High Easter, High Roding, Hutton, Ingatestone, Little Baddow, Little Waltham, Margaret Roding, Margaretting, Mountnessing, Norton Heath, Pleshey, Ramsden Heath, Rettendon, Rivenhall, Roxwell, Shenfield, South Hanningfield, Springfield, Stock, Terling, West Hanningfield, White Notley, Willingale, Witham, Woodham Ferrers, Woodham Mortimer
Have you decided to visit Chelmsford or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Chelmsford bed and breakfast (a Chelmsford B&B or Chelmsford b and b)
- a Chelmsford guesthouse
- a Chelmsford hotel (or motel)
- a Chelmsford self-catering establishment, or
- other Chelmsford accommodation