Wethersfield, Essex

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Wethersfield is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population1,269 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL7131
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM7
AmbulanceEast 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 social club, a fire station and one 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 the former RAF Station Wethersfield, used by the RAF, United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and the United States Air Force (USAF). This village is also one of The Hundred Parishes.

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

Wethersfield, Essex is the namesake of Wethersfield, Connecticut.[5]


  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
  5. ^ The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 335.