Chelmsford is the county town of Essex, England. As well as being a thriving modern town, it is steeped in history and was one of the original settlements of Great Britain. The town is surrounded by many small villages that retain their original charm.
The modern town's origins stem from a market which opened in 1199, and an under-cover market remains a major feature of the town centre today. Chelmsford has been an important centre for industry since the 19th century, and is now a largely commercial town.
Chelmsford is credited as the "birthplace of radio", was one of the earliest towns to receive electric street lighting, and was home to the UK's first electrical engineering works and first ball bearing factory. Other large companies e2v and Britvic also originated in the town.
The town also hosts a number of festivals including V Festival, and has been voted as the 8th best place to live in the UK.
Read more about Chelmsford in the About Chelmsford section.