Essex is a county of contrasts. From the seaside resorts of Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea to the London commuter towns of Basildon and Chelmsford to the rural north of the county where agriculture is prevalent, Essex has something for everyone. With a rich and varied history dating back to the Middle Ages, it’s perhaps no surprise that there are lots of things you perhaps didn’t know about Essex.

As an Essex based company, at U-Trade Windows, we have a personal interest in anything related to our county. We are proud of our heritage and from our Rainham headquarters, we work across Essex, installing high quality windows, doors, and conservatories to help improve all our customers’ standard of living. If you live in Essex, you probably know a lot about the county. Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about your home county.

1. Southend Pier is the world’s longest pleasure pier (1.33 miles)

2. Colchester was once the capital of Roman Britain and claims to be the oldest town in the UK

3. All current Essex MPs are Conservative

4. The nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was composed in Essex by Jane Taylor

5. Essex is one of the UK’s driest counties with an average recorded rainfall of 600mm

6. Greensted Church is the oldest wooden church in the world

7. Chelmsford was once the capital of England, between 1st – 6th July 1381

8. Clinton Cards was founded by Don Lewin in Epping in 1968

9. The name Essex is of Anglo-Saxon origin meaning East Saxons

10. The reality TV series The Only Way is Essex won a Bafta award in 2011

A note on the Essex stereotype

The Essex girl or Essex man stereotype describes a vacuous and promiscuous individual who is obsessed with money and how they look. The term originated in the early nineties to describe a young person, usually a conservative voter, who lacked culture and had low to no morals. In subsequent years, it became a commonly used term to negatively depict a young woman with blonde hair and low intelligence.

Several years ago, Essex County Council did some research into the impact the Essex stereotype had had on the local economy. They found that the stereotype of unintelligent and materialistic people had sometimes deterred investors and tourists from coming to or settling in the area. Fortunately, Essex’s close proximity to London has made it a popular location with a variety of working professionals and gone some way to detract from the negative stereotype.

At U-Trade Windows, we are very much pro-Essex. It is a great county in which to live and work and the stereotype is completely unfounded. If you live in Essex and you’re planning any home improvements in the near future, U-Trade Windows can help you to realise your dream home. For more information about any of our products and services call us free on 0800 1588 285 or contact us online.