Wethersfield, Essex

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Wethersfield is located in Essex
Wethersfield shown within Essex
Population 1,269 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TL7131
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM7
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°57′13″N 0°29′20″E / 51.9536°N 0.4889°E / 51.9536; 0.4889Coordinates: 51°57′13″N 0°29′20″E / 51.9536°N 0.4889°E / 51.9536; 0.4889

Wethersfield is a village and a civil parish on the B1053 road in the Braintree district of Essex, England.[2][3] It is near the River Pant. Wethersfield has a school, a post office, a fire station and two places of worship. Nearby settlements include the town of Braintree and the village of Finchingfield. The village probably gets its name from a Viking invader named Wuthha or Wotha, whose "field" or clearing it was. Reverend Patrick Brontë, father of the Brontë sisters, was a young curate here in 1807, as was the Rev. John West, missionary to Canada, who married Harriet Atkinson here in 1807.[4]

MDP Wethersfield is the Headquarters and Training Centre for the Ministry of Defence Police, located at a former United States Air Force base. This village is also one of The Hundred Parishes.

The civil parish includes the hamlets of Beazley End, Blackmore End, and Brickkiln Green.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 167 Chelmsford (Harlow & Bishop’s Stortford) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319232101. 
  3. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  4. ^ John West in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography