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Essex occupies the east of the pre-England Kingdom of Essex.
As well as rural areas, the county also includes the Lakeside Shopping Centre, London Stansted Airport and the new towns of Basildon and Harlow.
Its territory was later restricted to lands east of the River Lea.
the "East Saxons"), the eastern kingdom of the Saxons (cf. Originally recorded in AD 527, Essex occupied territory to the north of the River Thames, incorporating all of what later became Middlesex (which probably included Surrey) and most of what later became Hertfordshire.
It borders the counties of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south and London to the south-west.
The county town is Chelmsford, which is the only city in the county.
In AD 824, following the Battle of Ellandun, the kingdoms of the East Saxons, the South Saxons and the Kentish were absorbed into the kingdom of the West Saxons, uniting Saxland under King Alfred's grandfather Egberht.
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is a county in England, immediately north-east of London.