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It was in Essex that Julius Caesar founded his capital, Camulodunum (Colchester). William the Conqueror ruled his new domain from Barking Abbey. Elizabeth I rallied her troops at Tilbury as they awaited the Spanish Armada. All this plus Cliff Richard's debut at Butlin's, secret nuclear bunkers and the home of Gentleman's Relish (Elsenham) can be found in this glorious mix of historic and contemporary Essex facts and figures, places and people.