Located northeast of London, Essex County is the oldest county in England and it’s one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Tourism in the region counts for a great part of the county’s economy, as there are numerous places of interest in the are, especially castles and English heritage sites, such as Saffron Walden, Colchester Castle, Hedingham Castle and Mountfitchet Castle. The Hedingham Castle is a grade I listed landmark in Essex, having the best-preserved Norman keep in the UK. The 17th century Audley End House in Saffron Walden is a thing of beauty, an architectural delight, as are the Hylands House, southwest of Chelmsford and the Thaxted Guildhall, which dates way back in 1450. The oldest landmark in the county is the Saxon church of St Peter-on-the-Wall, which dates from the 7th century. However, it’s not just these amazing landmarks that make the beautiful county of Essex, but also its entire architectural design that is reflected in the houses and buildings throughout the county, whether residential homes or places of business.