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Bookshelf

Books based in this county:

Authors associated with this county 

Authors who are associated with this county (born or lived here) or who have based their books here.

Daniel Defoe

Samuel Pepys

John Clare (poet)

Joseph Conrad

Arthur Ransome (Secret Water based on Hamford Water)

Alice Huskisson (Man in a Haystack)

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Local directory

Find your perfect cuppa or indulge your sweet cravings by choosing one of these great local companies.

Places to eat and drink

Blackmore Tea Rooms

The Green

Blackmore

Ingatestone

CM4 0RL

Mrs Salisbury's Famous Tea Rooms

63b High St 

Brights Path

Maldon

CM9 5EP

Essex Rose Tea Rooms Dedham

High St

Dedham

Colchester

CO7 6DE

The Barns Tea Room

Braintree Rd

Cressing

Braintree

CM77 8PD

The Lordship Tea Room, Jam Shop and Café

Writtle University College

Lordship Road

Chelmsford

CM1 3RS

Jacqueline's Tea Room

14 Short Wyre St 

Colchester

CO1 1LN

Essex

With London directly to the south of the county, Essex is part of the commuter belt, but there are plenty of things for visitors to do from shopping, to visiting historical houses and gardens to taking a trip to the seaside. Find a great countryside walk or visit the many museums on offer.

Places to visit

 

Colchester castle and zoo, Clacton Pier, East Anglian Railway Museum, Ingatestone Hall, Coalhouse Fort, Weald Country Park.

Map  by Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons. Not affiliated with The Travelling Reader.