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Before 1889, small areas were transferred to Hertfordshire near Bishops Stortford and Sawbridgeworth.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 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.Epping Forest also acts as a protected barrier to the further spread of London.To the north of the green belt, with the exception of major towns such as Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea the county is rural, with many small towns, villages and hamlets largely built in the traditional materials of timber and brick, with clay tile or thatched roofs.Industry is largely limited to the south of the county, with the majority of the land elsewhere being given over to agriculture. I've belonged to other sites, and some of them have cost plenty. " Read what people are saying about Connecting Singles... It's a great way to get better acquainted with members you've met on CS and a great excuse to travel to a place you may not have had the chance to visit alone.is a county in the East of England immediately north-east of London and is one of the home counties.
As well as rural areas, the county also includes London Stansted Airport, the new towns of Basildon and Harlow, Lakeside Shopping Centre, the port of Tilbury and the borough of Southend-on-Sea.
Parts of the southwest of the county, such as Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell, are contiguous with Greater London neighbourhoods and so for some purposes these are included in the statistical unit the Greater London Urban Area.
A small part of the southwest of the county (Sewardstone), is the only settlement outside Greater London to be covered by a postcode district of the London post town (E4).
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.Before the Norman conquest the East Saxons were subsumed into the Kingdom of England. During the medieval period, much of the area was designated a Royal forest, including the entire county in a period to 1204, when the area "north of the Stanestreet" was disafforested.