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And the Best Place to Live in Essex is…

A historic market town with pretty streets, independent boutiques, cosy pubs and an easy commute to London got the most votes from our readers

The hanging baskets were primped, the shop windows polished and it was a tooth-and-nail contest among the finest towns and villages of Essex. But your votes in the inaugural Muddy ‘Best Places to Live‘ competition have now been counted and…*drumroll*….we’re delighted to announce that the worthy winner is:


The medieval market town is a sure fire winner for its timber-clad homes limed in salmon pink and green, interspersed with cosy pubs and independent boutiques. There’s also an arthouse cinema, twice-weekly farmers market and great schools. And with trains to London in under an hour, what are you waiting for?

Read our full guide to Saffron Walden here. In the meantime, here are the other eight best places to live in Essex:

1/ Saffron Walden
2/ Leigh-on-Sea
3/ Burnham-on-Crouch
4/ Frinton-on-Sea
5/ Chelmsford
6/ Brentford
7/ Manningtree
8/ Wivenhoe

Want a peek over the border at the best places to live in Suffolk, Cambridgeshire or Hertfordshire or maybe plot the location for your next break or dream holiday home? Check out the full list of winners across 25 counties.

Don’t agree with the verdict? Let us know in the comments below if you have a gem we’ve missed out and we’ll hotfoot it down there to see if can make the cut for next time.

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