Breckland (district)

Breckland (district)

Breckland District is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in East Dereham.

Breckland District derives its name from the Breckland landscape region, a gorse covered sandy heath of south Norfolk and north Suffolk. The term Breckland is ancient, and is found as early as the 13th century in the form "Brakelond".


Breckland District was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Thetford, East Dereham Urban District, Swaffham Urban District, Wayland Rural District, Mitford and Launditch Rural District, and Swaffham Rural District.


The district is entirely parished, and is made up of 113 civil parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 1,305 km², with a population of 121,418 in 50,715 households. [Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). " [ Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes] ". Retrieved 2 December 2005.]

The district contains the following civil parishes:

*Ashill, Attleborough
*Banham, Bawdeswell, Beachamwell, Beeston with Bittering, Beetley, Besthorpe, Billingford, Bintree, Blo' Norton, Bradenham, Bettenham, Bridgham, Brisley, Bylaugh
*Carbrooke, Caston, Cockley Cley, Colkirk, Cranwich, Cranworth, Croxton
*Didlington, Dereham
*East Tuddenham, Elsing
*Foulden, Foxley, Fransham
*Garboldisham, Garvestone, Gateley, Gooderstone, Great Cressingham, Great Dunham, Great Ellingham, Great Hockham, Gressenhall, Griston, Guist
*Hardingham, Harling, Hilborough, Hockering, Hoe, Holme Hale, Horningtoft
*Kempstone, Kenninghall, Kilverstone
*Lexham, Litcham, Little Cressingham, Little Dunham, Little Ellingham, Longham, Lynford, Lyng
*Mattishall, Merton, Mileham, Mundford
*Narborough, Narford, Necton, New Buckenham, Newton by Castle Acre, North Elmham, North Lopham, North Pickenham, North Tuddenham
*Old Buckenham, Ovington, Oxborough
*Riddlesworth, Rocklands, Rockland St Peter, Roudham and Larling, Rougham
*Saham Toney, Scarning, Scoulton, Shipdham, Shropham, Snetterton, South Acre, South Lopham, South Pickenham, Sparham, Sporle with Palgrave, Stanfield, Stanford, Stow Bedon, Sturston, Swaffham, Swanton Morley,
*Thetford, Thompson, Tittleshall, Tottington, Twyford
*Watton, Weasenham All Saints, Weasenham St. Peter, Weeting-with-Broomhill, Wellingham, Wendling, Whinburgh and Westfield, Whissonsett, Wretham


External links

* [ Diss Express] - website of local newspaper covering part of district

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