Braintree District

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Braintree District
Braintree. the administrative centre of the district and one of the three towns
Braintree. the administrative centre of the district and one of the three towns
Braintree shown within Essex
Braintree shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBraintree
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBraintree District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJames Cleverly
Priti Patel
 • Total236.18 sq mi (611.71 km2)
 • Rank68th (of 309)
 • Total155,268
 • Rank131st (of 309)
 • Density660/sq mi (250/km2)
 • Ethnicity
95.% White
1.1% Mixed
1.3% S.Asian
1.0% Black
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UC (ONS)
E07000067 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL7522
Halstead, one of the three towns of the district

Braintree is a local government district in the English county of Essex, with a population (2011 census) of 147,084. Its main town is Braintree. The three towns of the district are Braintree, Halstead and Witham. The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban districts of Braintree and Bocking, Halstead, and Witham and (for list of parishes) Braintree Rural District and Halstead Rural District.

Witham, one of the three towns of the district


Causeway House, Bocking End, Braintree

The council is controlled by the Conservatives who hold 34 of the 49 seats. The council is based at Causeway House on Bocking End in Braintree. The building was purpose-built for the council and opened in 1981.[1]


There are 26 wards:[2]

  • Bocking Blackwater
  • Bocking North
  • Bocking South
  • Braintree Central and Beckers Green
  • Braintree South
  • Braintree West
  • Bumpstead
  • Coggeshall
  • Gosfield & Greenstead Green
  • Great Notley & Black Notley
  • Halstead St Andrews
  • Halstead Trinity
  • Hatfield Peverel and Terling
  • Hedingham
  • Kelvedon and Feering
  • Rayne
  • Silver End and Cressing
  • Stour Valley North (includes Ashen and Foxearth)
  • Stour Valley South (includes Bulmer and Alphamstone)
  • The Colnes
  • Three Fields
  • Witham Central
  • Witham North
  • Witham South
  • Witham West
  • Yeldham


Coat of arms of Braintree District
Granted 15th October 1974.[3]
On a wreath of the colours on a mount Vert in front of a garb Or a boar passant Azure crined and unguled Or supporting with the dexter fore-hoof a Maltese cross Gules.
Gules a pale Or between two seaxes in pale points upward Argent hilts pommels and quillons Or over all a fess wavy Argent charged with a bar wavy Sable in chief a lion rampant Azure a like lion in base.
On either side a lion Sable gorged with a riband Argent pendent therefrom by a ring a mullet Argent surmounted of a pentagon Or fimbriated and charged with a fleur-de-Lys Vert and holding in the month a shuttle erect threaded Proper.
By Wisdom And Foresight.


  1. ^ Plaque in building's porch reads: "This building was opened on 25th April 1981 by Councillor R. E. W. Hawkins / Chairman, Braintree District Council / Chief Executive P. W. Cotton / Project Manager D. J. Brisley"
  2. ^ "Braintree District Council".
  3. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

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Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 0°33′09″E / 51.8819°N 0.5525°E / 51.8819; 0.5525