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The county council chamber and main headquarters is at the County Hall in Chelmsford.
Before 1938, the council regularly met in London near Moorgate, which with significant parts of the county close to that point and the dominance of railway travel had been more convenient than any place in the county. Before 1965, the number of councillors reached over 100.
And, at this time of year at least, perhaps the biggest of them all - is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Each Saturday in the East Anglian Daily Times’ heaven section, we pose a question about something that’s happening in the news - from is it right to ban your kids from using social media to the new line-up of The Great British Bake-off.
A Suffolk youth and arts centre has been converted into a “white space” gallery offering young contemporary artists a chance to exhibit in a professional environment – with monitoring from more established names. Let’s look forward to 2018 and see what the small screen has in store for us.
The Metropolitan Green Belt has effectively prevented the further sprawl of London into the county, although it contains the new towns of Basildon and Harlow, originally developed to resettle Londoners following the destruction of London housing in the Second World War, since which they have been significantly developed and expanded.
At the time of the main changes around 1900, parts of Helions Bumpstead, Sturmer, Kedington and Ballingdon-with-Brundon were transferred to Suffolk; and Great Chishill, Little Chishill and Heydon were transferred to Cambridgeshire.
The ceremonial county of Essex is bounded to the south by the River Thames and its estuary (a boundary shared with Kent); to the southwest by Greater London; to the west by Hertfordshire with the boundary largely defined by the River Lea and the Stort; to the northwest by Cambridgeshire; to the north by Suffolk, a boundary mainly defined by the River Stour; and to the east by the North Sea.
The pattern of settlement in the county is diverse.
The County Hall, made a listed building in 2007, dates largely from the mid-1930s and is decorated with fine artworks of that period, mostly the gift of the family who owned the textile firm Courtaulds.
The highest point of the county of Essex is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley, close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 feet (147 m).The resurgent chart-toppers visit Colchester next year so we spoke to Lisa Scott-Lee.