Van Hire and Vans for Hire in Essex
Van Hire based in Basildon, Chelmsford, Clacton, Colchester,
Epping, Halstead, Harlow, Harwich, Maldon, Southend, Braintree and Brentwood.
Essex is a county in the East of England. The county town is Chelmsford,
and the highest point of the county is Chrishall Common near the village of Langley,
close to the Hertfordshire border, which reaches 482 feet (147 metres).
The name Essex derives from the East Seaxe or East Saxons. The Kingdom of Essex
was traditionally founded by Aescwine in 527 AD, occupying territory to the north
of the River Thames, incorporating much of what would later become Middlesex and
Hertfordshire, though its territory was later restricted to lands east of the River
Lee. It is through this origin as one of the 'Saxon' kingdoms that Essex is specifically
not part of the region known as East Anglia (the latter comprising Norfolk, Suffolk,
and Cambridgeshire), settled by tribes calling themselves 'Anglian'. Colchester
in the north east of the county is Britain's oldest recorded town, dating back to
before the Roman conquest, when it was known as Camulodunon, and was sufficiently
well-developed to have its own mint.
Essex County Council was formed in 1889. However, the County Borough of West Ham,
and from 1915 the County Borough of East Ham, formed part of the county but were
not under county council control. Southend-on-Sea also formed a county borough from
1914 to 1974. The boundary with Greater London was established in 1965 when the
former area of the East Ham and West Ham county boroughs and of the Barking, Chingford,
Dagenham, Hornchurch, Ilford, Leyton, Romford, Walthamstow and Wanstead and Woodford
districts was transferred to form the London boroughs of Barking, Havering, Newham,
Redbridge, and Waltham Forest; an area similar to that known as Metropolitan Essex.
Essex became part of the East of England Government Office Region in 1994 and was
statistically counted as part of that region from 1999, having previously been part
of the South East England region. In 1998 the districts of Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock
separated from the shire county of Essex becoming unitary districts.