Essex is a county of contrasts. From the seaside resorts of Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea to the London commuter towns. Those such as Basildon and Chelmsford. The rural north of the county where agriculture is prevalent. Essex has something for everyone. It has a rich and varied history. One dating back to the Middle Ages, and it’s perhaps no surprise that there are lots of facts about Essex that you didn’t know.
As an Essex based company, Maybank Solutions has a personal interest in anything related to our county. We are proud of our heritage. From our Rainham headquarters, we work across Essex. We install high-quality windows, doors, and conservatories to help improve all our customers’ standard of living. If you live in Essex, you probably know a lot about the county. Here are 10 unexpected facts about Essex that you may not know about your home county.
- SOUTHEND PIER IS THE WORLD’S LONGEST PLEASURE PIER (1.33 MILES)
- COLCHESTER WAS ONCE THE CAPITAL OF ROMAN BRITAIN AND CLAIMS TO BE THE OLDEST TOWN IN THE UK
- ALL CURRENT ESSEX MPS ARE CONSERVATIVE
- THE NURSERY RHYME TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE STAR WAS COMPOSED IN ESSEX BY JANE TAYLOR
- ESSEX IS ONE OF THE UK’S DRIEST COUNTIES WITH AN AVERAGE RECORDED RAINFALL OF 600MM
- GREENSTED CHURCH IS THE OLDEST WOODEN CHURCH IN THE WORLD
- CHELMSFORD WAS ONCE THE CAPITAL OF ENGLAND, BETWEEN 1ST – 6TH JULY 1381
- CLINTON CARDS WAS FOUNDED BY DON LEWIN IN EPPING IN 1968
- THE NAME ESSEX IS OF ANGLO-SAXON ORIGIN MEANING EAST SAXONS
- THE REALITY TV SERIES THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX WON A BAFTA AWARD IN 2011
A NOTE ON THE ESSEX STEREOTYPE
The Essex girl or man stereotype describes a vacuous and promiscuous individual. One who is obsessed with money and how they look. The term originated in the early nineties to describe a young person. Usually, a conservative voter, who lacked culture and had low to no morals. In subsequent years, it became a commonly used term to negatively depict a young woman with blonde hair and low intelligence.
Several years ago, Essex County Council did some research into the impact the Essex stereotype had on the local economy. They found that the stereotype of unintelligent and materialistic people had sometimes deterred investors and tourists from coming to or settling in the area. Fortunately, Essex’s close proximity to London has made it a popular location. With a variety of working professionals have gone some way to detract from the negative stereotype.