Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex
A mixture of lowlands and chains of small hiils. To the west are the
Cotswold Hills, while the Chilterns extend from Oxfordshire across
into Hertfordshire. The rest of the region is low-lying, especially Essex. This
county has marshy land along its ragged North Sea coast and along
the Thames estuary.
towns and cities
Oxford is the largest city in the region and is home to one of Britain's oldest
universities. Other important towns include Reading and Windsor in Berkshire,
St Albans and Watford in Hertfordshire, and Colchester (one of England's oldest
towns) and Chelmsford in Essex.
Industry in Berkshire centres around Bracknell, Maidenhead, Reading and Slough,
with electronics concentrated in Milton Keynes. Hertforshire is known for
engineering, mostly at St Albans, Hatfield, Letchworth and Watford. The
Oxford suburb of Cowly has huge car factories and was the birthplace of
the classic Morris Minor. Essex has ship building at Tilbury, and an oil
refinery near Canvey Island, but most of the country is farmland, with
lots of fruit orchards.
South-East - Hampshire, Kent, Ise of Wight, Surrey, East Sussex, West