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Bradwell on Sea
St. Thomas' church, Bradwell on Sea, Essex - - 212844.jpg
St. Thomas' church, Bradwell on Sea
Bradwell on Sea is located in Essex
Bradwell on Sea
Bradwell on Sea
 Bradwell on Sea shown within Essex
Population 877 (2001)
OS grid reference TM000067
Civil parish Bradwell on Sea
District Maldon
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM0
Dialling code 01621
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Maldon and East Chelmsford
List of places

Coordinates: 51°43′24″N 0°53′41″E / 51.7234°N 0.8946°E / 51.7234; 0.8946

Bradwell-on-Sea is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. The village is on the Dengie peninsula. It is located about 9 km (5.6 mi) north-northeast of Southminster and is 30 km (19 mi) east from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the District of Maldon in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon whose boundaries were last varied at the United Kingdom General Election, 2010. It has a population of 877.[1]

Bradwell is also the name of an Episcopal Area within the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford, whose current Bishop (2014) is John Wraw.


Bradwell-on-Sea was a Saxon Shore fort in Roman times known as Othona. The Anglo-Saxons originally called it Ithancester. Saint Cedd founded a monastery within the old walls in 653, which survives as the restored chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, one of the oldest churches in Britain. From there, he continued the evangelisation of Essex. In the 20th century, the village became more well known as the site for the Bradwell nuclear power station. It also has a very good sailing club and outdoor leisure facilities. There is a school - St. Cedd's C. of E. Primary School.

The village has been called Bradwell juxta Mare, Bradwell-next-the-Sea and Bradwell near the Sea.

Celebrated Residents include Thomas Abel, Sir Henry Bate Dudley, Tom Driberg and the artist F H Haagensen.

World War Two[edit]

During World War Two, Bradwell Bay airfield was a front line station, named RAF Bradwell Bay at the time. It had been a grass runway airfield suitable as a temporary airfield, for refuelling and for training, especially for pilots practising targeting, shooting and bombing on nearby Foulness, Maplin Sands and the Dengie Marshes.

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