Even the county’s cross-dressers are essentially Essex a heart. Chelmsford’s Grayson Perry, whose Chelmsford Cissies vase in on display in the Chelmsford Museum, has said he gets most of his ideas "sitting in front of the telly with a beer, watching X Factor".
He pronounced the art establishment as disengaged "with the real world", adding that he preferred Banksy, Scottish painter Jack Vettriano and Beryl Cook to the works on display at the Tate.
"I have a pot called Boring Cool People," he said. "It's decorated with pictures of the sort of people who go to contemporary art galleries."
He might enjoy wearing a skirt, but Grayson is essentially an Essex geezer at heart.