ESSEX TOP 10 - Northern towns ! (5)
It's the south of the county that fulfill the sterotype of Essex. Brash ex-londoners, the men in their tatoos, Ford Escorts and knocked off Rolex watches chasing mini-skirted, white stilletoed bimbos with mouths like sewers and the morals of polecats.Essex is however has something of a bi-polar disorder. The North of the county (basically north of Chelmsford) is filled with tille towns and villages that fulfill a very different sterotype. This is the land of quaint half-timbered or thatched cottages. The land of real beer (well Ridley's anyway), historic churches, interesting little shops, good restaurants, cafes and pubs. A land of four-wheel-drives and horse trials, or private schools and old money.Great Dunmow, Thaxted, Felsted, Saffron Waldron and others all fall in to this category - go explore !