From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Babergh District
Non-metropolitan district
Babergh shown within Suffolk
Babergh shown within Suffolk
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Suffolk
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Hadleigh
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Babergh District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative / Liberal Democrat / Independent)
 • MPs Tim Yeo
 • Total 229.8 sq mi (595.2 km2)
Area rank 72nd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 87,900
 • Rank 266th (of 326)
 • Density 380/sq mi (150/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.7% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 42UB (ONS)
E07000200 (GSS)
OS grid reference TM021429

Babergh (pronounced /ˈbbər/, BAY-bər[1]) is a local government district in Suffolk, England. Its council headquarters is based in Hadleigh, whilst its largest town is Sudbury.[2]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Sudbury, Hadleigh urban district, Cosford Rural District, Melford Rural District and Samford Rural District. It is one of the few English second tier authorities that has never had one party or coalition of parties in control.

Babergh has a population of roughly 85,000 and covers an area of approximately 230 square miles (600 km2).

It is named after the old Babergh hundred, referred to in the Domesday Book. The southern boundary of the district is marked almost exclusively by the River Stour, which also forms the border with Essex, and it is separated from Suffolk Coastal by the River Orwell. Primarily a rural area, Babergh contains only 2 towns of any notable size, namely Sudbury and the administrative centre, Hadleigh.

Most of what is termed Constable Country is contained within Babergh, attracting visitors to the conservation area Dedham Vale and the historic villages of Long Melford, Lavenham and Kersey.


Elections to the district are held every 4 years, with currently 43 councillors being elected from 26 wards. No party has won a majority on the council since the first election in 1973 and after the latest election in 2011 the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Independent Labour
2011 18 12 10 3

List of towns and civil parishes[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Babergh District Council - Summary". 
  2. ^ Estimates of Total Populations of Areas of Suffolk Suffolk County Council
  3. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 52°02′53″N 0°56′53″E / 52.048°N 0.948°E / 52.048; 0.948