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The Counties of England by  Charlotte Mason
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ESSEX

[224] OF Essex, also, little need be said; the coast on the German Ocean is so low, that the sea is only kept out by sea-walls and embankments; and all along the shore were marshes, which have been well drained and made into pasture fields. The Naze is the most easterly point of the county, and stretches ont near Harwich, a small bathing-place and packet station, with an excellent harbour. There are many creeks on the coast, the outlets of the rivers. Pleasant uplands, with trees, are scattered over the county. It is a farming county; wheat and other kinds of corn are largely grown; and, near London, are a great many market gardens. There were once large forests in Essex, of which Epping Forest is the largest remaining; it lies upon high ground and is a favourite holiday place for Londoners. Colchester, which is chiefly noted for its oyster fishery, is the largest town. In the persecution under Queen Mary, more thanjpeventy Protestants of Colchester were dragged through London at the end of a rope. At Brentwood, a young boy, named William Brown, was burnt at the stake, and people noticed that the sun lighted up his face as if it had been the face of an angel when he called upon his Lord. Chelmsford, a market town, is the county town.


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