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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Chelmsford:
  • referencing brought inline (from futher reading section)
  • incorporate trivia section into article
  • details of the ancient borough
  • remove details that are repeated in more than one sections
  • remove or otherwise edit 'factoids'
  • weblink citation for climate data
  • improve encyclopedic tone

Pronunciation of 'Chelmsford'[edit]

The pronunciation of Chelmsford given in this article is rhotic; that is, it indicates that the 'r' of 'Chelmsford' is pronounced. However, this is not the case both locally and for standard British English. Should I alter it? NearlyDrNash (talk) 22:48, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

  • It's quite likely that the rhotic IPA (since removed) was taken from one of the other Chelmsfords. Chelmsford, MA has /ˈɛlmsfərd/ suggesting "Chelmsferd" with a pronounced R, which is correct for the local New England accent but the UK (Estuary) pronunciation is closer to "Chelmzfuhd" /ˈɛlmzfʊd/. I'm no IPA expert so I'll let someone else verify it before putting it in.
In the "talk" section of the Massachusetts town I commented several years ago that there are many and varied pronunciations, some rhotic and some not. My favorite is Chems-fudd, which is both non-rhotic and non-...um, I need some help here. Non-lambdic? Yes, non-lambdic, according to some on-line discussion about how to pronounce "almond". Many New England towns have names echoing Old England, occasionally with identically confusing mismatches of spelling and pronunciation. Gloucester and Leicester come instantly to mind. "All the right names in all the wrong places. Cambridge next to Boston," says a friend from the UK now living in Massachusetts. Snezzy (talk) 19:43, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Education and other items relating to the wider borough[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject UK geography/How to write about settlements for guidance here. Lists of schools relating to a district get listed on that article. MRSCTalk 19:32, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

Marconi Quotation[edit]

The caption under Marconi's picture quotes him as saying, "If somethings hard to do then its not worth doing."

First of all, there's some punctuation missing, but more importatly, it makes no sense that Marconi would say that, as inventing the radio can't have been terribly easy, and I have not been able to find that quotation anywhere else, so I've removed it. Cadwaladr (talk) 19:18, 9 June 2008 (UTC)

The "dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth".[edit]

I think it's worth including this quote in the page, distasteful as it may be:

  • If any one were to ask me what in my opinion was the dullest and most stupid spot on the face of the Earth, I should decidedly say Chelmsford.
    • Charles Dickens, letter to Thomas Beard (January 11, 1835), in Madeline House, et al., The Letters of Charles Dickens (1965), p. 53.


People Born In Chelmsford[edit]

Is it right to have Geoff Hurst included in this list as it clearly states to the right of his entry that he was born in Ashton-under-Lyne. Chilkoot (talk) 13:30, 6 June 2011 (UTC)

  • Not sure it is. Keith Flint went to school in Chelmsford (Boswells) before he went AHHS but is in fact from Redbridge, yet is not mentioned here. Removed. cmn ( ❝❞ / ) 15:51, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

A&N information unsourced[edit]

I noticed that the Army and Navy section doesn't cite sources especially in criticism and I suspect there is a fair bit of opinion/original research. I've marked the section as such. cmn ( ❝❞ / ) 16:17, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Ownership New Street Site[edit]

I'd be surprised if Selex Communications still own that site. --Salocin-yel (talk) 12:54, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Joint ownership - Finnmecanica/Selex, BAE Systems and Royal Bank of Scotland, although I don't have a Web based source. (I asked in person, but WP:NOR.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.221.38.195 (talk) 15:52, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Chelmsford gains City Status[edit]

There will need to be edit work on this page to show that this County Town is now a City. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 195.59.13.157 (talk) 10:41, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

No, it isn't officially a city yet. –anemoneprojectors– 14:19, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
It seems there's some disagreement over that. I've got to say that my first thought was that it wouldn't be immediate and your BBC source seems to agree but the Chelmsford Borough Council website seems to disagree here and imply that it had city status from yesterday morning. Dpmuk (talk) 14:30, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
I suppose the question is: Is the council website a reliable source? Or do we have to wait for a third-party source to acknowledge it? AP - what source has told you otherwise? — Smjg (talk) 16:57, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
I only went by the BBC. I guess it's tricky to know how it works officially. Personally I'd be more inclined to go with the BBC as an independent secondary source. Then again, we know it will be a city if it's not yet and we may not officially know when it is. Really I only came here to see if it had been updated, I have no links to the place but was interested in the news, so I'm happy to leave it to others to decide. –anemoneprojectors– 13:36, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

I came here to see if Wikipedia had been updated on this development. The official word is that Chelmsford is not a city until the Queen issues the Royal Charter letters patent to the town- likely to happen around August. Until then, Chelmsford is still a town and I shall remove wording appropriately. cmn ( ❝❞ / ) 14:24, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Do you have a source for that? "The official word is..." without a source doesn't count for much at wikipedia (see WP:RS). The only sources we have so far seem to disagree (see above). Dpmuk (talk) 19:24, 30 March 2012 (UTC)
"Her Majesty will formally confer the city titles by Letters Patent later this year. These are the same letters that are sent to individuals when they are invited to become life peers in the House of Lords." Source: The Queen Gives Chelmsford City Status | Essex Portal http://www.essexportal.co.uk/essex-news/the-queen-gives-chelmsford-city-status#ixzz1qhl9iXA6
In addition, legal status is a city is not inferred until the next Local Government Act introduces an amendment to that effect, as has happened with other authorities such as Swansea and many others. Until then, yes, it is informally a city, however, legally? It is still a town. As far as I'm aware the word of law trumps a news report. (The August date was a verbal council source and should be takem with a pinch of salt). The same applies to St Asaph and Perth. cmn ( ❝❞ / ) 14:55, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
As I say above that's my understanding of how these things work. A 2nd source goes some way to suggesting this is the case but I still wouldn't say there's a strong case either way in terms of reliable sources. You say that "word of law trumps a news report", but how do we know that's what the word of law says, we just have your word for it. If there were a UK government or royal source confirming that was the case then I'd be happy. As I've just said I personally agree with you but if we wish to keep this page using "town" for the time being I think we need to make sure we have the evidence, in the form of good reliable sources, as I suspect there will be more sources calling it a city. Dpmuk (talk) 16:32, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
How about this? "The Queen formally confers the titles of city status and Lord Mayoralty by Letters Patent in due course." - Source [[1]] It's the closest thing to a government source I can find. With that said, popular opinion - and the DCMS - counts Chelmsford as a city so I'll concede on this one. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Teh.cmn (talkcontribs) 23:24, 31 March 2012 (UTC)
Cheers, that does it for me and I now feel happy keeping the article using "town" until such time as the Letters Patent are issued. Thanks for finding it. Sorry for taking a long time to reply, I must have missed this on my watchlist - it's grown too big and is in need of a purge. Dpmuk (talk) 05:08, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Protected[edit]

Seeing as it is protected due to differentiating edits (mainly about the population) I think it should stay at 169,500 because that is set by the council and most agreed upon. Iamred0 Talk to Iamred... 17:19, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

The 169,500 seems to be an out of date population for the entire borough [2] not the town so I used the smaller figure of 99,962 which is also the figure quoted in the reference about the population. The same source is used for most other articles on British settlements so I think it should stay as the area's population. Eopsid (talk) 14:50, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 21 March 2012[edit]

Just to let you know> Chelmsford is now a city.

89.240.214.1 (talk) 16:28, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Not done: please be more specific about what needs to be changed. The article already says this. It's not clear what you want to edit.

  • This template may only be used when followed by a specific description of the request, that is, specify what text should be removed and a verbatim copy of the text that should replace it.
  • "Please change X" is not acceptable and will be rejected; the request must be of the form "please change X to Y".

Thank you. Begoontalk 22:48, 21 March 2012 (UTC)

Chelmsford City Council?[edit]

I reverted the edit that changed instances of Chelmsford Borough Council to Chelmsford City Council for three reasons, in order of importance:

  1. I see no evedience that the council has changed it's name - the website still says borough.
  2. It was done indiscriminately. This included changing references to old documents which, even if the council does change it's name, will still have been produced by the Borough Council
  3. It introduced at least one typo.

Dpmuk (talk) 22:21, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Signs on buses can now be seen saying "Chelmsford City Council" and the website says Chelmsford City Council. Iamred0 Talk to Iamred... 00:46, 10 June 2012 (UTC)
The website is a fair point - it didn't appear to have changed when I looked, although I was possibly looking at the wrong site and both the old and new were on the web at the same time. Clearly getting the old site to redirect to the new one is too sensible or something. Happy for it to be changed as long as it's done carefully as many of the documents used as sources are likely to have been produced by the Borough Council before the name change and so I think should stay as Borough. Dpmuk (talk) 04:08, 10 June 2012 (UTC)

/* Chelmsford City Council? */ the website clearly states 'chelmsford city council' so an edit of the article where relevant is now essential.[1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.160.132.224 (talk) 06:02, 11 June 2012 (UTC)

Orphaned references in Chelmsford[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of Chelmsford's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "history":

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 05:44, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

  1. ^ http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/