Great Burstead

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Great Burstead
Great Burstead is located in Essex
Great Burstead
Great Burstead
Location within Essex
Population5,968 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ679922
Civil parish
  • Great Burstead and South Green
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBillericay
Postcode districtCM11 2
Dialling code01277
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°36′14″N 0°26′42″E / 51.604°N 0.445°E / 51.604; 0.445Coordinates: 51°36′14″N 0°26′42″E / 51.604°N 0.445°E / 51.604; 0.445

Great Burstead is an urban settlement in Essex, England - it is contiguous with the town of Billericay.

By tradition, the origins of the church, St Mary Magdalene, at Great Burstead are linked to Saint Cedd. Cedd, a missionary monk and later Bishop of the East Saxons, was trained by the Celtic Saint Aidan at Lindisfarne. Cedd's original chapel at Bradwell-juxta-Mare can still be visited. It is understood that at first he set up his wayside preaching cross by a well near the road between Tilbury (another of his establishments) and Chelmsford, having converted Ebba, the Thane of Great Burstead. However, it is also reputed that the East Saxon King Sæberht (d 616) was buried nearby, a convert under the earlier Christian mission of Mellitus, the first Bishop of London. The area first having been settled by the East Saxons around 527 AD. Later, around 680 AD, the cross was replaced with a wooden building by the Thane, Edwy, perhaps dedicated by Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Born in the area and later churchwarden at St Mary Magdalene was Christopher Martin who was one of the Pilgrims and a signer of the Mayflower Compact.

Great Burstead was part of the Barstable hundred,[2] and in 1841 had a population of 884 spread over 3,620 acres (14.6 km2) of land. The complete census can be viewed, as can a listing of many of the historical public houses.[3]

The Great Burstead parish, abolished 1934, also covered Billericay.[4] The parish formed part of the Billericay Rural District from 1894 and Billericay Urban District from 1934. The district was renamed Basildon Urban District in 1955 and became part of the present-day Basildon district in 1974.

The village has South Green as its main shopping district.

The Great Burstead cricket team was formed in 1956 has recently merged with East Hanningfield CC but will continue to play in the T Rippon Mid-Essex League.


Great Burstead is part of electoral ward called Burstead. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 10,620.[5]

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  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ 1841 census Barnstaple hundred
  3. ^ Essex Public Houses
  4. ^ Vision of Britain Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine - Great Burstead parish (historic map) Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
  5. ^ "Burstead Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 September 2015.

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