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For the Indian conglomerate, see Essel Group.
Coat of arms of Essel
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Essel   is located in Germany
Coordinates: 52°41′22″N 9°38′37″E / 52.68944°N 9.64361°E / 52.68944; 9.64361Coordinates: 52°41′22″N 9°38′37″E / 52.68944°N 9.64361°E / 52.68944; 9.64361
Country Germany
State Lower Saxony
District Heidekreis
Municipal assoc. Schwarmstedt
 • Mayor Bernd Block (CDU)
 • Total 34.06 km2 (13.15 sq mi)
Elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,100
 • Density 32/km2 (84/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 29690
Dialling codes 0 50 71
Vehicle registration SFA

Essel is a municipality in the Heidekreis district, in Lower Saxony, Germany. Most of the village is located on the southern bank of the river Aller. The A 7 motorway runs through the village.


The municipality of Essel comprises 4 subdivisions:


Essel was first mentioned in 1251 as Esele. The surveillance of the Aller crossing at Essel and control of Aller shipping was undertaken by the three lords of Hademstorf. In the 14th century their seat was at Uhlenburg. This castle was situated in the Aller valley between Essel and Buchholz (Aller) and was destroyed in 1394 by the Dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Another castle was built in the 13th century at Engehausen—Blankenburg Castle—on the site of which a manor house was subsequently built.