Quirky Essex – did you know?

There are a number of interesting facts about the county that you might not know. Do you know other interesting facts about Essex? Why not email us and we will share them.

Essex’s oldest:

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    Essex is home to Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester. It was the first capital the Romans established in Britain

  • Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world. It was built in 1081 AD.
  • Great Dunmow is home to the oldest recorded competition in Britain still running today, the Flitch Trials. Mentioned in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and believed to have begun in the 13th century, the Trials aimed to find a married couple who had not quarrelled or repented their marriage during the preceding year and a day. A mock court of locals would test the veracity of stories of marital bliss, with a flitch of bacon the prize for success. It takes place every four years like the Olympics. This year’s date is the 9 July.
  • The oldest timber-framed barn in the world is at Cressing Temple near Braintree. The huge Barley Barn was built by the Knights Templar.
  • National Trust’s Northey Island is where the battle of Maldon took place in 991, making it the oldest battlefield in Britain.
  • The James Stevens No.14 was the second RNLI lifeboat at Walton-on-the-Naze. She has been restored and is now the oldest surviving motor lifeboat in the world.

Essex’s smallest, largest, longest, tallest and more…

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