Essex occupies the eastern part of the former Saxon Kingdom of Essex, which subsequently united with the other Anglian and Saxon kingdoms to make England a single nation state. Yes, Essex did this.
The county is blessed the new towns of Basildon and Harlow. Henry VIII established Tilbury (featured) as a defensive fort. Now cruise ships set off from its quayside’s. Henry’s canons are silent.
Essex is also home to the Dunmow Flitch Trials, a traditional ceremony (dating back to 1100’s that takes place every four years and consists of a test of a married couple's devotion to one another. Similar situations: life, love and couples have been immortalised in the 2009 series The Only Way is Essex.
Essex is beach central.