A guide to Chelmsford

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  • 1.
    Henry VIII purchased the Boleyn Estate in 1516 and built Beaulieu Palace, now New Hall School.
  • 2.
    Chelmsford was an important industrial centre during the past with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company and Hoffman Ball bearing Factory occupying the town.
  • 3.
    Essex has one of the longest coastlines in the Country.

Chelmsford Area

Being situated 30 miles North East of London makes Chelmsford extremely popular with commuters, the rail journey taking just 35 minutes into Liverpool Street. Excellent schools add to the appeal for buyers from London and other parts of the County. Historical attractions include Hylands House, a Georgian Mansion now publicly owned, occupying 574 acres of parkland, and open to the public offering a wide range of community events.

Surrounding Villages

  • Felsted
    Lying south of the A120 the historic village of Felsted is near Braintree, Great Dunmow and the City of Chelmsford. The village has links to Lord Riche who founded the public school, the Felsted School, in 1564, and is buried in Holy Cross Church. Lord Riche was an important benefactor of the Felsted Church. The school also has links to Oliver Cromwell, who sent his sons there.
  • Wickham Bishops
    Located around three miles north of the town of Maldon and around two miles southeast of Witham, with its mainline station to London’s Liverpool Street (average Journey time 45 minutes).The place-name 'Wickham Bishops' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Wicham', meaning 'dwelling place.
  • Great Leighs
    This historic village is in the district of Essex and north of the City of Chelmsford. Great Leighs is the location of arguably the oldest Inn in England, The Castle which was refurbished in recent years. The Dog & Partridge is at the other end of the village, and a local store and post office is on offer. The eight-class local primary school is set within this idyllic rural location.
  • Stock
    A popular village located in South Essex. There is a post office and general store, a tapas restaurant and Coffee shop. Greenwoods hotel and spa is located at one end of the village, whilst a bar and restaurant called The Harvard is at the other. There is also a Church of England primary school in the village.


  • Shopping

    Chelmsford has an extensive range of shopping options.

    Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of the retail parks, flagship stores, shopping hubs, markets and a host of unique and vibrant independent shops.

  • Eating

    The New London

    Local restaurant serving seasonal menus and elegant local fare.

    Olio Italian Restaurant

    A modern family run Italian restaurant serving classic dishes and fantastic Italian wine.


    A sleek modern Chinese restaurant specialising in seafood and traditional Chinese Dishes.

    The Wine Cellar Bar & Bistro

    The intimate hideaway serves seasonal foods and fantastic cocktails.

  • Drinking

    The Ale House

    Situated inside an old railway station, this bar offers cask ales and German beers.

    The Rose & Crown

    A cosy independent pub situated to the south of Felsted offering fresh seafood, traditional ales and local beers.

    The Compasses

    An award winning Victorian pub serving traditional food and locally brewed ales. If you are visiting the area you can also book one of their stylish rooms to stay in.