Essex Day, which is celebrated on the Feast of St Cedd, has been marked by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, in London today with the Essex county flag flying outside his Department's headquarters on Marsham Street.
While the celebration of Essex Day on the Feast of St Cedd is a relatively new addition to the calendar, Michael Gove has noted that the three Saxon seaxes – a powerful and enduring symbol of the county – is almost as old as Hedingham Castle, one of the many historic landmarks for which Essex is rightly famous.
Essex has experienced various types and degrees of civilisation since before the Romans arrived and, with every period of architecture accounted for, the sheer antiquity of the county cannot help but impress itself on anyone who chooses to live, travel or work here. Here in the Brentwood and Ongar constituency, we are blessed with many beautiful and historic churches, a great and architecturally admired Catholic Cathedral, two Elizabeth Line stations, the famous Secret Nuclear Bunker at Kelvedon Hatch, and acres of glorious woodland.
Essex Day gives us an unmissable opportunity to celebrate all this and more that the county has to offer today.