Braintree District
Braintree shown within Essex
Braintree shown within Essex
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyEssex
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBraintree
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBraintree District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJames Cleverly
Priti Patel
 • Total236.18 sq mi (611.71 km2)
 • Rank68th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total152,604
 • Rank129th (of 309)
 • Density650/sq mi (250/km2)
 • Ethnicity
95.% White
1.1% Mixed
1.3% S.Asian
1.0% Black
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code22UC (ONS)
E07000067 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL7522

Braintree is a local government district in the English county of Essex, with a population (2011 census) of 147,084. Its main town is Braintree.

The main centres of population are Braintree, Witham and Halstead.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban districts of Braintree and Bocking, Halstead, and Witham and (for list of parishes) Braintree Rural District and Halstead Rural District.


The council is controlled by the Conservatives who hold 34 of the 49 seats.

Further information: Braintree District Council elections


There are 26 wards:[1]


Coat of arms of Braintree District
Granted 15th October 1974.[2]
On a wreath of the colours on a mount Vert in front of a garb Or a boar passant Azure crined and unguled Or supporting with the dexter fore-hoof a Maltese cross Gules.
Gules a pale Or between two seaxes in pale points upward Argent hilts pommels and quillons Or over all a fess wavy Argent charged with a bar wavy Sable in chief a lion rampant Azure a like lion in base.
On either side a lion Sable gorged with a riband Argent pendent therefrom by a ring a mullet Argent surmounted of a pentagon Or fimbriated and charged with a fleur-de-Lys Vert and holding in the month a shuttle erect threaded Proper.
By Wisdom And Foresight.


  1. ^ "Braintree District Council".
  2. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.

Coordinates: 51°52′55″N 0°33′09″E / 51.8819°N 0.5525°E / 51.8819; 0.5525