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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 51 km northeast of Charing Cross, London, and approximately the same distance from the once provincial Roman capital at Colchester.
The urban area of the city currently has a population of approximately 100,000 whilst the district has a population of 169,500 however this is thought to be rapidly increasing on a year by year basis with many people from Essex and the London borders re-locating to the city.
The city is surrounded by many small villages that are located within the City of Chelmsford.
Chelmsford is around 25 to 30 minutes' drive from London Stansted Airport, and London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, Luton and Southend airports are all within reach.
There are many places of interest within Chelmsford, including the 18-arch Victorian railway viaduct that spans the River Can in Central Park. One of three railway viaducts in the city that carry the Great Eastern Main Line.
Hylands House and Park just to the west of the city is a country house and parkland, saved from dereliction and purchased by the local council in 1966 after the death of the last private owner. Much damaged by fire and vandalism by the time of the sale, the house has now been completely restored by Chelmsford City Council.
Chelmsford Museum in Oaklands Park, off Moulsham Street, is a local history and industrial heritage museum which also incorporates the Essex Regiment Museum. A major £5 million extension and redevelopment scheme opened in January 2010 and the museum now includes exhibits and interactive displays focusing on Crompton, Marconi, and Hoffmann, as well as illustrating the development of the town and city from prehistory up to modern times.
As with all of the UK, Chelmsford has a maritime climate type, being to the southeast of England, the city enjoys a warmer climate than most of the United Kingdom and often experiences amongst the warmest summers in Britain; It is also one of the drier areas in the country.
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