Braintree District

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Braintree District
Braintree shown within Essex
Braintree shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBraintree
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBraintree District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJames Cleverly
Priti Patel
Area
 • Total236.18 sq mi (611.71 km2)
Area rank68th (of 309)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total152,604
 • Rank129th (of 309)
 • Density650/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
Websitewww.braintree.gov.uk

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 main centres of population are Braintree, Witham and Halstead.

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.

Council[edit]

The council is controlled by the Conservatives who hold 34 of the 49 seats.

Wards[edit]

There are 26 wards:[1]

  • 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

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Braintree District
Notes
Granted 15th October 1974.[2]
Crest
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.
Escutcheon
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.
Supporters
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.
Motto
By Wisdom And Foresight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Braintree District Council".
  2. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

External links[edit]

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