Chelmsford City Council

City Heritage Scavenger Hunt


Chelmsford is bursting full of history. The city boasts a series of blue plaques, which commemorate and help identify famous people, places and events that have shaped the city's history.

Now it's your opportunity to become a detective… follow the city heritage scavenger hunt to discover the evidence and answer 12 questions.

The scavenger hunt will take you on a trip back in time. You can uncover the stories behind the plaques within the city centre, which are displayed on the buildings and locations listed on the hunt.

Download the scavenger hunt

You can find out more about the history behind each plaque on the tour as well as the other plaques in Chelmsford by viewing our list of blue plaques

You can even bring the history to life even more by listening to the audio guide on your hunt.

Once you’ve completed the hunt, you can check the answers below (no cheating now) and download and print your very own certificate.

You can help the environment and print the city heritage scavenger hunt in greyscale.

Our thanks go to Chelmsford History Walks and Talks, who have kindly provided the information on Chelmsford's history. You can also find them on Facebook.

Whilst completing the scavenger hunt, you need to ensure you are following the latest government guidance for social distancing.

Other Heritage Open Day events

As well as the scavenger hunt, Heritage Open Days has a series of events on offer, both virtual and real. They will be taking place across the city, from Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September.

This year, people can explore Chelmsford from the comfort of home, take part in open-air tours of historic sites and attend live talks via Zoom.

You can:

  • join the Mayor of Chelmsford for a behind-the-scenes video tour of the Mayor’s parlour
  • tune in to a talk on pioneering women
  • exercise your creative side with a heritage drawing trail and a collaborative portrait project

Find out more by searching for Chelmsford on the Heritage Open Day website, or by visiting the Chelmsford Civic Society.

1. 1808
2. 1629
3. 1791
4. 1776
5. 1900
6. 1858
7. 1703
8. 1755
9. 1764
10. 1857
11. 1787
12. 1555

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Last updated: 10 September 2020

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