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20 things you never knew about Essex
Essex Lifestyle
September 15, 2020

1. Tiptree is one of the few places in the world where the ‘Little Scarlet’ strawberry can be found. It is grown at the Wilkin and Sons farm and used fresh from the fields in their famous jam.

2. Romford Greyhound track once hosted cheetah racing in an attempt to make more money.

3. The first ever radio broadcast was made in Chelmsford on June 15 1920.

4. At 43 acres, Great Bentley has one of the largest village greens in Britain

5. Notable local people include Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, entertainer Joe Pasquale and actress Dame Helen Mirren. 


7. Saffron Walden is home to the world’s largest turf maze which is thought to be more than 800 years old. The Saffron Walden turf maze monument 

8. Southend Air show is Europe’s biggest free air show…. The air show was axed by the council in 2013 to save money but after volunteers raised £220,000 to stage the event, it returned in 2015


9. Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town and was Britain’s first capital city.

10. St Andrew’s in Greenstead is believed to be the oldest wooden church in the world dating from the 11th Century. 

11. Essex has the longest coastline in the United Kingdom at 350 miles.


12. Most of the witch’s tried and killed during the witch hunts in the Middle Ages were said to have been found in Essex.

13. Clinton Cards was founded in Loughton.

14. Famous bands or musicians from this county include The Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Alison Moyet and Jessie J.

15. Essex comes second after Devon for the most roads officially designated as country lanes.

16. For many years, Manningtree has claimed to be England’s smallest town with just over 19 hectares. Boats at high tide on the River Stour at Manningtree

17. Research by Essex County Council a few years back discovered that the ‘Essex stereotype’ had sometimes affected business; deterring tourists and investors and also putting off skilled workers relocating to the area.

18. There are apparently more speed cameras per linear mile of road than anywhere else in the world.

19. The name ‘Essex’ derives from ‘East Seaxe’ meaning ‘East Saxons’. The county emblem contains three seax (a single edged knife or sword). 

20. President Bush’s family originally came from Stisted in Essex. . . don’t ask us how we know, we just do.





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