Originally published during the early part of the twentieth century, the Cambridge County Geographies were designed to provide a series of concise guides to British regions. Aimed at the general reader, they combined a comprehensive approach to various aspects of physical and human geography with an emphasis on clarity. This guide to Essex by George F. Bosworth was first published in 1909. The text is interspersed with numerous illustrative figures and also contains a list of the chief towns and villages within the county.
1. County and shire. The word Essex. Its origin and meaning; 2. General characteristics. Position and natural conditions; 3. Size. Shape. Boundaries. Detached portion. Transfer of parishes; 4. Surface and general features; 5. Watershed. Rivers - Thames, Stour, Lea, Roding, Bourne Brook, and Ingerburn; 6. Rivers - Colne, Blackwater, Chelmer, Crouch, and Cam; 7. Geology and soil; 8. Natural history; 9. The coast - from Bow Creek to Southend; 10. The coast - from Southend to Harwich; 11. The coast - the islands; 12. The coast. Its loss and gain. Its protection. Sandbanks. Lighthouses and lightships; 13. Climate and rainfall; 14. People - race. Dialect. Settlements. Population; 15. Agriculture - main cultivations. Woodlands. Stock; 16. Industries and manufactures; 17. Fisheries and fishing stations; 18. History of Essex. I; 19. History of Essex. II; 20. Antiquities - prehistoric. Roman, Saxon; 21. Architecture. (a) Ecclesiastical - churches; 22. Architecture. (b) Ecclesiastical - religious houses; 23. Architecture. (c) Military - castles and moated houses; 24. Architecture. (d) Domestic - famous seats, manor houses, and cottages; 25. Communications - past and present - roads and railways; 26. Administration and divisions - ancient and modern; 27. The roll of honour of the county; 28. The chief towns and villages of Essex.