Significant People

Henry Ford Henry Ford
Henry Ford the founder of the Ford Motor Company a major employer in our area didn’t invent the motor car, but found ways to make them much more cheaply so that many more people could afford them – mass production.
William Bentall William Bentall
William Bentall of Heybridge was a farm machinery pioneer who introduced the first steam powered threshing machine and a number of other agricultural implements.
Guglielmo Marconi Guglielmo Marconi
Guglielmo Marconi established the area as the birthplace of radio by setting up the world’s first factory making radios in Chelmsford and broadcasting the world’s first regular radio entertainment service from his laboratories in Writtle
Evelyn Bell Colonel R.E. Crompton
Colonel Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton made Chelmsford home to the United Kingdom's first electrical engineering works. And one of the first towns in the country to have electric street lighting (1888)
George Stephenson George Stephenson
George Stephenson was a pioneering railway engineer and inventor of the ‘rocket’, the most famous early railway locomotive.


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