infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 51.7495
longitude= -0.0216
official_name= Broxbourne
population = 13,298
shire_district= Broxbourne
shire_county = Hertfordshire
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Broxbourne
post_town= BROXBOURNE
dial_code= 01992
os_grid_reference= TL365075

Broxbourne is a commuter town in the Broxbourne borough of Hertfordshire in the East of England with a population of 13,298 in 2001 [cite web |url= |title=Office for National Statistics, 2001 Census, Key Statistics for HCC settlements. Usual resident population (numbers)] .

It is located 17.1 miles (27.5 km) north north-east of Charing Cross in London and about a mile (1.6 km) north of Wormley and south of Hoddesdon. The town is near to the River Lee which forms the boundary with Essex and is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of the M25 motorway.

Local government

Broxbourne was a civil parish in the Ware Rural District from 1894 to 1935. In the latter year the more heavily populated eastern end of the parish was added to the Hoddesdon Urban District, while the rural western portion remained in Ware Rural District, forming part of the civil parish of Brickendon Liberty.

The former area of Hoddesdon Urban District merged with that of Cheshunt Urban District to form the Borough of Broxbourne in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972.

Broxbourne now forms one of thirteen wards of the borough, returning three councillors. [ [ Councillors (Borough of Broxbourne Online), accessed September 24, 2007] ]


Broxborne is home to the world's largest printing plant, which produces publications for News International including "The Sun", "The Times" and the "News of the World." Employing 200 people on a 23 acre site to produce 70,000 newspapers per hour, the plant cost £650 million and replaced the News International press in Wapping. [ [ BBC NEWS | UK | World's biggest print plant opens ] ]


As part of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, Broxbourne was going to host whitewater canoe and kayak slalom events in a venue. However due to the discovery of petrol, diesel, and tar by-products on the site the planned development was to be reconsidered.

On 8 October 2007 the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) announced that due to contamination risks at the planned Spitalbrook site, an alternative site six miles (10 km) south was being investigated. [ [ Olympic Delivery Authority update] ] Subsequently on 16 April 2008 it was announced that the venue would be built nearby the original Spitalbrook proposal and situated on what was (at the time of the relevant press release) the overflow car park for the showground at the River Lee Country Park. [ [ New Canoeing venue in Broxbourne confirmed for the London 2012 Olympic Games] Press Release, 16 April 2008]

ee also

*Broxbourne railway station


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