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About Braintree

We are the second largest District, by area, in Essex and have the fourth highest population. our main towns in the district are Braintree, Halstead and Witham.

District Map.jpgOur district offers the ideal blend for an excellent quality of life. It’s a stunning rural setting with vibrant market towns and picturesque villages and communities. But we’re also within easy access of London (an hour by road or rail), Cambridge (one hour) and connected internationally via Stansted airport.

The district covers 236sq miles and sits between the key regional centres of Cambridge, Colchester and Chelmsford. This is the second largest District, by area, in Essex and has the fourth highest population at over 151,000. The main towns in the district are Braintree, Halstead and Witham, where approximately half of our residents live. Our towns and villages have vibrant communities, and are steeped in local heritage and character.

There’s plenty going on to suit all tastes. We benefit from excellent leisure facilities that include seven golf courses and three modern leisure facilities.

Alongside the modern, there is plenty of tradition. A trip to Braintree District Museum or the Warner Textile Archive will give a glimpse into the District’s past.

See our ambitious regeneration plans for Manor Street:

Destinations such as the Braintree Village Outlet Shopping Centre on our doorstep offer a fantastic retail experience. 

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