Moving to Essex
If you are organising removals in Essex, Greens Removals, based in Chelmsford, offer a reliable high quality removals service within Essex, from Essex to the rest of the UK and to European and worldwide destinations.
Greens Removal Company is Essex based so we have full knowledge of the local area and you can be assured of safe and timely removals. We believe in maintaining our high standards and our fully trained staff make every effort to move your household and office contents with the utmost care. As we are British Association of Removers (BAR) registered and hold every one of the British and European Quality Service standards that relate to our industry, you know you are in safe hands.
With branches in Essex and Suffolk, Greens Removals company has been offering removals in East Anglia for more than four decades. We are proud of our local links, and our ties with eastern region mean that we are familiar with the many towns and villages for removals in Essex, including access to areas where there may be narrower streets. Our staff and lorries cover all areas of the county including Chelmsford, Colchester, Braintree, Harwich, Basildon, Harlow, Southend, Thurrock, Grays, Clacton-on-Sea, Benfleet, Brentwood, Loughton, Canvey Island, Billericay, Chigwell, Epping, Brightlingsea, Waltham Abbey, Great Dunmow and Manningtree.
We specialise in household content removals, corporate and office moves within Essex and East Anglia, UK and further afield on the continent or worldwide.
Essex is a diverse county with beautiful scenery, a vibrant nightlife, seaside resorts, picturesque villages, and a multitude of attractions. Most of the landscape is rural, particularly in the north, with its pretty villages and hamlets, thatched cottages and half-timber framed houses. The south west, bordering London, is considered the most affluent part and lies in the London commuter belt.
This East Anglian county is largely low lying, with gentle, rolling hills; the highest point is the small village of Chrishall – close to Hertfordshire – which it is nearly 150 m above sea level. Its largely flat coastline and tranquil scenery, makes Essex popular with walkers and cyclists.
Along its 350 mile coastline Essex has number of busy seaside resorts, the most popular being Southend with its award-winning beaches and longest pier in the world. Clacton is another tourist draw with sandy beaches and Victorian pier. Leigh-on-Sea is full of charm, with its cockle sheds and excellent seafood restaurants.
Inland, it boasts fine areas of woodland such as Epping Forest with 6,000 acres of protected land, suitable for hiking and horse riding. It also has some picture postcard villages. Finchingfield, for example, is regarded as the most photographed village in the country, with its ancient cottages, green, pond and windmill.
On and off-road cycling, quad biking, walking and pony trekking are among the activities on offer in the country. Meanwhile, Essex's coastline offers the chance for power boating, wind surfing and kite surfing. On land you can enjoy golf, orienteering, sightseeing and exploring well-known ancient buildings such as the Norman castles at Colchester or Castle Hedingham.
Essex is known for its seafood – including oysters from the Blackwater Estuary and Mersea Island – and game such as pheasant, rabbit and partridge, which can be found on many pub and restaurant menus.
In fact, one the most famous 'Essex boys', Jamie Oliver, developed his love of food by working in the kitchen of his parent's pub as a young boy. Before becoming a household name, Jamie worked at The Cricketers, a 16th century country inn at Clavering, known for its award-winning food.
If you are organising removals in Essex, the county is considered a safe place to live, with some of the lowest crime rates in the country. It has a growing population, and in general, house prices are higher in the county the nearer you get to London.
Meanwhile, Essex has easy access to the rest of the UK and the world. London Stansted Airport is the UK's fourth busiest airport and is linked to 130 destinations. The Port of Tilbury is the main port in London, while the Port of Harwich has links to Denmark and the Hook of Holland.
High speed trains from Colchester to London Liverpool Street take just over 45 minutes. Major roads include the A12 which runs across the county, the M25 and M11 connects Essex to Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Kent. The A13 and A127 link London and the M25 to the south of the county.
Towns and Cities in Essex
Essex's busy towns and cities are ideal places to settle and have some excellent shopping opportunities too! Here we have put the spotlight on five places in Essex.
Chelmsford – Just 30 miles from London, Chelmsford is the only city in Essex. If you are moving here, the good news is you can expect pleasant weather as it is one of the sunniest – and driest – places in the UK.
The city has some excellent transport links; Chelmsford Railway Station has trains to London Liverpool Street every 10 minutes with the journey taking just 35 minutes. It is also a 30 minute car drive to Stansted Airport.
The main attractions are the cathedral and Hylands House and Park, where a number of high profile events are held including the annual V-Festival. If you like shopping, Chelmsford city centre has various high street stores including Next, GAP and Debenhams. The 'quadrant' is a three floor independent department store and Meadows and High Chelmer are two shopping centres.
Colchester – An attractive place to live, Colchester is reputed to be the oldest recorded town in Britain and was the capital of Britain in Roman times. If you are moving here, there are some excellent ancient sites to explore including the Castle and Gosbecks Archaeological Park – with its roman amphitheatre. It also has museums including the Natural History Museum and the Hollytrees Museum.
A commuter town, it is within easy reach of London Liverpool Street, Ipswich and Norwich, via Colchester Railway Station; the A12 also links to London.
In terms of shopping, the town centre has some excellent boutiques and independent stores and a popular shopping destination is the award-winning Williams and Griffins department store.
Basildon – The town was established shortly after WWII to create housing for London's growing population; as a result, it is an amalgamation of four villages which have been transformed into the most heavily populated town in Essex.
Despite the fact that it is a relatively new town, Basildon has a mix of old and new attractions, including the 13th century old parish churches. The Glass Bell Tower, which opened in the 1990's, contains the first bell cast by a female in the 15th century; while the Festival Leisure Park is the place to head to for the nightlife.
Shopping is a delight in Basildon as the town centre has a number of stores, including over 100 shops in Eastgate Shopping Centre alone. Westgate Shopping Park is another prime destination for retail therapy.
As the town is situated just over 30 miles from Central London, and with three train stations reaching London Fenchurch Street Station in under an hour, many of those who have moved house to Basildon commute to the capital.
Harlow – Although there has been a settlement in Harlow since ancient times, the new town was established shortly after WWII as a London overspill. It is within easy commuter distance to the capital as it is close to the M11, and its two rail stations link to London. It is also just ten miles from Stansted Airport.
Harlow considers itself a 'sculpture town' due to the large collection of open air sculptures in and around the town by well-known names such as Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore. It also has its own museum where you can find out about the town's past once you are fully settled in your new home.
Braintree – The town was granted a market charter in the 12th century and expanded over time to become a thriving wool town in the 17th century, and later, in the 19th century, it became a centre for silk manufacturing. You can find out more about its history at Braintree Museum and the Warner Textile Archive, which is second only to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London for is collection of publically owned textiles.
As the town is just 40 miles from London and a 15 minute car drive from Stansted Airport, it is well placed for domestic or international travel, and has excellent road links including the A120 and A131. It also has a train station, changing at Witham to get to London Liverpool Street.
Braintree has a scattering of pubs and high street shops; however, on the outskirts is the popular Freeport designer outlet village which has more than 80 shops, restaurants, a cinema complex, bowling alley and railway station. In addition, Basildon has a twice weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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