Birch, Essex

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St. Peter's Church
Birch is located in Essex
 Birch shown within Essex
Population 873 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference TL944201
Civil parish Birch
District Colchester
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CO2
Dialling code 01206
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament North Essex
List of places

Coordinates: 51°50′45″N 0°49′17″E / 51.8458°N 0.8215°E / 51.8458; 0.8215

Birch is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is located approximately 5 miles (8 km) south-west of Colchester and 17 miles (27 km) north-east of the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the borough of Colchester and in the parliamentary constituency of North Essex. There is a Parish Council.[2]

It is only 2.5 miles (4 km) from Abberton Reservoir.

The parish church of St Peter and St Paul is a Grade II listed building, but has been derelict since it closed in the late 20th century.[3]

According to the 2001 census, Birch had a population of 817, increasing to 873 at the 2011 Census.[1]


Birch forms part of the electoral ward called Birch and Winstree. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 5,651.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Parish/Town councils and councillors". Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "St Peter and St Paul, Birch, Essex". Victorian Society. 
  4. ^ "Birch and Winstree Ward population 2011". Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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