Chelmsford is a local government district in Essex, England. It is named after its main settlement, Chelmsford, Essex's county town. On 1 June 2012, Chelmsford was granted city status to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
The borough has two major centres, the principal settlement Chelmsford in the centre and the town of South Woodham Ferrers to the southeast. The northwest of the borough is predominantly rural. Villages are found throughout the borough.
The River Chelmer flows into the borough near North End and to Chelmsford, where the River Can converges with it at the city centre. The River Wid flows from the South of the borough through Widford towards the centre past Writtle to join the River Can between Writtle and Chelmsford.
The River Crouch flows along the part of the southeastern border below South Woodham Ferrers. Hanningfield Reservoir, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is located south of the borough.
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