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Breckland District

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Breckland District Non-metropolitan district Breckland shown within Norfolk Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region East of England Non-metropolitan county Norfolk Status Non-metropolitan district Admin HQ East Dereham Incorporated 1 April 1974 Government Type Non-metropolitan district council Body Breckland Council Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative) MPs George Freeman
Elizabeth Truss Area Total 399.7 sq mi (1,035.1 km2) Area rank 16th (of 326) Population (2011 est.) Total 131,000 Rank 160th (of 326) Density 330/sq mi (130/km2) Ethnicity 98.5% White Time zone GMT (UTC0) Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1) ONS code 33UB (ONS)
E07000143 (GSS) OS grid reference TG018081 Website

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 (504 sq mi), with a population of 121,418 in 50,715 households.1

The district contains the following civil parishes:


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes.

    Retrieved 2 December 2005.

External links

  • Diss Express – website of local newspaper covering part of district

Coordinates: 52 38 N 0 59 E / 52.633 N 0.983 E / 52.633; 0.983

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