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Coordinates: 51°45′36″N 0°32′31″E / 51.759978, 0.542021
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Boreham is located in Essex

 Boreham shown within Essex
Population 4,000 
    - Density 
OS grid reference TL759099
Parish Boreham
District Chelmsford
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM3
Dialling code 01245
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Saffron Walden
List of places: UK • England • Essex

Boreham is a village and civil parish, in Essex, England. It is located approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the borough of Chelmsford and parliamentary constituency of Saffron Walden.


The parish of Boreham is ancient, and the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Borham.[1]

Local legend holds that highwayman Dick Turpin rode the A12 on his famous ride from London to York, although historians now believe the ride never occurred.

Boreham House

In the 1930s Boreham House and 3,000 acres (12 km2) of land surrounding it was bought by car magnate Henry Ford. In addition to using the house as a school for training Ford tractor mechanics, the company's British chairman, Lord Perry, established Fordson Estates Limited there, and founded the Henry Ford Institute of Agricultural Engineering, an agricultural college. The house also served as the temporary home for the National College of Agricultural Engineering in 1962. This moved to Silsoe, Bedfordshire as Silsoe College later joining with Cranfield University. The Silsoe campus closed at the end of 2007.[2]

In 1952 a Ham class minesweeper, HMS Boreham, was named after the village.

Boreham remained relatively small until the mid-1970s when a programme of house and shop building increased its size significantly.

Geography and administration[]

In addition to being a village, Boreham is a civil parish which has a parish council[3]

The village lies on a Roman road (now a modern trunk road, the A12) and has a well known Norman church and a public house (The Cock Inn) that dates from the 15th century. The surrounding countryside is gently hilly and is used to grow crops such as wheat, sugar beet and peas. It is north of the River Chelmer.

The Great Eastern Main Line line from Chelmsford to Colchester runs past the village. In the 1970s a bypass was built on the edge of the village, along the same route as the A12 and the nearby railway line.

Boreham has a population of approximately 4000 people. It covers about 1554 hectares of land.[4]


New Hall School[]

New Hall School

Just outside the village is New Hall School, once a palace of Henry VIII known as The Palace of Beaulieu. The estate on which it was built - the manor of Walhfare in Boreham - was granted to the Canons of Waltham Abbey in 1062.Charter S 1036 After various changes of possession it was granted by the Crown to the Earl of Ormond in 1491. By this time it had a house called New Hall.

In 1517 New Hall was sold by Thomas Boleyn to Henry VIII of England. The king rebuilt the house in brick at a cost of £17,000, a considerable sum at the time. He gave his new palace the name Beaulieu, though the name change did not outlast the century. New Hall was later the estate of the Tyrell family and latterly the Hoare banking family. Benjamin Hoare commissioned architect Henry Flitcroft to build a new home nearby known as Boreham House, a stately home in 1727; the early Georgian mansion is now a Grade I listed building.

Boreham airfield and circuit[]

Essex Air Ambulance operations at Boreham airfield

A forest near the village was felled in 1943 to build a military airfield, and the three one-mile (1600 m) runways of RAF Boreham opened in 1944. It hosted elements of the US Army Air Forces 394th Medium Bomb Group (flying B-26 Marauder bombers)[5] and later the 315th Troop Carrier Group flying C-47s. After World War II the three runways were adapted into a roughly triangular motor racing circuit Boreham Circuit, which hosted competitive meetings between 1949 and 1952. It was bought by Ford in 1955 for use as a development test track.[5] Ford Motorsport moved to Boreham in 1963, and although some of the track was removed for gravel quarrying in 1996 the remaining track surface continues to be used for testing. Essex Police Air Support Unit have been based at the airfield and in 1990 began using Boreham airfield as a control centre for its fleet of helicopters.[5] From 1997 to 2010, Essex Air Ambulance was also based at the site.[5]

Boreham Interchange[]

To the west of Boreham lies the Boreham Interchange. The Boreham Interchange plays host to a service station containing:

  • a McDonald's with a drive through;
  • a BP Petrol Station;
  • a Premier Inn.

On the opposite side of the A12 there is another Premier Inn and The Grange, a pub.[6]

Notable residents[]

  • Elizabeth Stafford, Countess of Sussex - is buried in the village.
  • Thomas Wharton, 2nd Baron Wharton - was given a residence in the village by Queen Mary I of England.
  • Rod Harrington - Former darts player.


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