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Last updated  19/03/23

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Discover more about the history of our city in an entertaining walk lead by our period dressed guide.

Choose from any of these walks.
Some are Free and others have a fee of £5 per person with
a donation included to a local charity.

 In either case advance booking using the above contact details is essential    


the Yellow Brick Road History Walk


This is a circular historical tour from Chelmsford Museum covers the old manor of Moulsham.  In 1839 under the control of the "Chelmsford Company", a large development started to take place in this area. A number of new buildings appeared; some built in locally made yellow brick, hence the title. There are many fascinating stories to be told about the history of people that then became local residents and these will be relayed as we progress on our 90 minute tour.


Meet outside the Chelmsford Museum                                                                                              Also available as a talk



A FREE WALK -  available at ANYTIME
A joint venture with Chelmsford City Council and a way to have fun with our local history.
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industrial HERitage Walk

  Thursday EVENING 15th June   


Chelmsford has a rich and varied industrial heritage which has included many ground-breaking inventions.

During this walking tour we will cover a large number of these marvellous achievements. The variety is amazing and includes from the early years the location of a rope maker’s walk and one of the many local iron foundries.

From the Victorian era there is the first Marconi radio factory, a generator house used for public street lighting and a steam omnibus factory. The commentary will also include the building of the railway through Chelmsford, the precise manufacture of ball bearings, the evolution of radio, radar and the early days of television.


Meet outside the Woolpack PH                                                                                                           Also available as a talk




Chilling Tales of Chelmsford



Our local “Master of the Macabre” will lead you on a walking tour

of the city describing the more unpleasant side of its dark history.

Featuring murders, ghosts, hangings, witchcraft, strange happenings and more. 

(Meet 19:30 at the Stone Bridge)


Click here to listen to a Ghost Story






A tour from the first Marconi factory to the second, finishing at the famous Marconi 1912 building.  When the young Mr Marconi used radio waves for practical signalling without wires in 1896 he led us into the era of practical electronics, including not only radio but television, radar and space communication. 

It may be claimed that Marconi's choice of a disused warehouse in Hall Street to be the birthplace of the world's radio industry makes Chelmsford the starting point of the Electronic Age. Why not come on this walk and hear more about this famous man and the way he and the people that worked for him changed our world.


Podcast about Winifred Sayer

BritAIN’s First Paid

Radio Artist

Click here to listen to the story



Women That ROCKed the Boat
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Walk in the footsteps of Essex Women who rocked the boat! Meet the women of Chelmsford who fought for equality and their rights! Discover the history of the local Essex Girls from the 15th century Witches to the publicans of the 1960's.

From the Anti Slavery Campaigners to the brave factory workers of WW2, we will take you on a journey back in time.


Meet opposite the railway station                                                                                                     Also available as a talk





A circular guided walk of the village highlighting its many connections to the early days of wireless broadcasting and the Marconi Company. The walk will feature the stories behind both the buildings and people that were involved in making this event happen. An event 100 years ago that would forever change our world and the way that we communicate forever and it all started in the village of Writtle.



History of Moulsham Street
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Moulsham Street, named by the Saxons, is perhaps the oldest street in Chelmsford and has a past which predates the city centre. This walk covers the history of the hamlet from before the Roman occupation, through Saxon and Medieval times up to the industrial revolution and the present day. Over that time the street has seen many dramatic changes, but hidden away are some fine examples of it’s evolution which you will discover during this tour.


Meet at the Stone Bridge                                                                                                                 Also available as a talk



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 A walking tour featuring the recent history of the town centre before the calming of the ”great river Can”, the advent of the large shopping centres and pedestrianisation of the High Street. This will bring to life tales about the shops and buildings in the High Street, some of which are still there and some that are sadly no more. Included in this walk will be a verbal reconstruction of the large part of Tindal Street that was lost in the late 1960's.


Meet at the Stone Bridge                                                                                                                    Also available as a talk



Chelmsford Pioneers Walk

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Chelmsford has been the home of technical radical thinking since the days before the industrial revolution and can claim to be the home of many global firsts. The pioneers that made this happen included both remarkable men and ladies. They were all unique people that changed history and deserve to be honoured in this special guided walking tour.

The route takes us from the railway station to the grounds of the Anglia Ruskin University.


Meet at the Railway Station                                                                                                              Also available as a talk



FORGOTTEN History OF Chelmsford  
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During this walk our local historian, will give you an insight into some of the history of our city that may have been lost in the mists of time. He will explain the origin of the name of the town and how the Romans and then the Normans played their part in shaping the city centre. We will also learn about some of the famous people that were local residents and influenced both the health and the architecture of the old town.  Over time there have been some dramatic changes to our city, one of the biggest was the effects of the industrial revolution and the coming of the railway. This transformed Chelmsford from an agricultural town, with a coaching stop on an old Roman road, into a hive of manufacturing and technology with a direct rail link to the capital and the rest of the world. Coming right up to date, the city continues to evolve in many different ways, but it is really good to refresh the memory and to remember our important local past.


Meet at the Stone Bridge                                                                                                                    Also available as a talk



150 years of Chelmsford Star co-op    
Groups only  
A celebration history tour of this great local organistaion visiting a number of the

city locations that the company over the years has been associated with.