Breckland District

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
  Type Non-metropolitan district council
  Body Breckland Council
  Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
  MPs George Freeman
Elizabeth Truss
  Total 399.7 sq mi (1,035.1 km2)
Area rank 16th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 133,986
  Rank 158th (of 326)
  Density 340/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

Breckland District is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in East Dereham. The population of the Local Authority District at the 2011 Census was 130,491.[1]

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.[2]

The district contains the following civil parishes:


  1. "Local Authority District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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

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