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Chelmsford is the principal settlement of the City of Chelmsford and the county town of Essex, in the East of England. It is located in the London commuter belt, approximately 32 miles northeast of Charing Cross, London, and approximately the same distance from the once provincial Roman capital at Colchester.
DistrictCity of Chelmsford
Administrative CountyEssex
Traditional CountyEssex
OS GridTL7006
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
Police AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01245

Other names by which Chelmsford has been known in the past

Ceasford ~ Cheasford ~ Chelmerford ~ Chemsford ~ Celmeresfort

Chelmsford in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Chelmsford, co. town of Essex, market town, and par., 3 miles NE. of London by rail -- par. and town, 2858 ac. (21 water), pop. 9885; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 5 newspapers. Market-day, Friday; is situated in the valley of the Chelmer, near its junction with the Cann, and has communication by the river with Maldon and the sea 11 m. E. C. has considerable trade in agricultural produce; also corn-mills, tanneries, and a brewery. It possesses a grammar-school founded by Edward VI.

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