Located in the beautiful county of Essex, Chelmsford is the chief settlement of the Chelmsford borough. Many attractive small villages surround Chelmsford, each retaining their original charm, however Chelmsford also enjoys being part of the London commuter belt, thus having excellent transportation links.
The town has a multitude of great attractions, with the arguably most famous Chelmsford Cathedral, a Church of England cathedral dedicated to St. Mary, St. Peter and St. Cedd. Although the cathedral is the second smallest Anglican cathedral in England, it stands as a beautiful example of a British cathedral.
Visitors of Chelmsford also look favourably on the 18-arch Victorian railway viaduct, spanning the River Can, a truly spectacular sight. Chelmsford Museum, located within the town, showcases the great history the town shares, from pre-history to the Tudor area, with many interesting artefacts. Chelmsford provides the perfect setting for a countryside retreat, whilst still being able to enjoy the cities surrounding the area via transportation links.
Chelmsford Cathedral, New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1TY (01245) 294489
First built as a church 800 years ago; Chelmsford Cathedral eventually became a cathedral in 1914.
The original church was the site for Thomas Hooker (Town Lecturer and Curate of Chelmsford) to deliver his sermons in 1625. He later set sail to Boston and helped establish the colony of Hartford, Connecticut. He eventually became ‘the Father of American Democracy’.
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Westerns Approach, Rettendon, Chelmsford CM3 8AT (01245) 400256
With a house and working farm dating back to the 18th Century, Hyde Hall was transformed from a wind-swept rubbish dump in 1955 to an RHS Garden.
Set in 360 acres of Essex countryside, Hyde Hall goes to show that despite the challenges of prevailing conditions, it is possible to create a garden of beauty.