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St Mary the Virgin Church, Birchanger, Essex (geograph 2051291).jpg
St Mary the Virgin Church, Birchanger
Grid reference: TL513227
Location: 51°52’58"N, 0°11’52"E
Population: 1,589  (2011[1])
Post town: Bishop's Stortford
Postcode: CM23
Dialling code: 01279
Local Government
Council: Uttlesford
Saffron Walden

Birchanger is a village and parish in Essex, located two miles north-east of Bishop's Stortford in neighbouring Hertfordshire and 15 miles north-west of the county town of Chelmsford. The parish forms part of the Uttlesford Hundred. There is a Parish Council.[2]

The local CoE church of St Mary the Virgin, dating from the 12th century, is a Grade-II* listed building.[3]

The village has a cricket, bowls and football club.[2] It lies close to London Stansted Airport, which is two miles to the east and is a mile south of Stansted Mountfitchet. It is also the site of Birchanger Green services, a motorway service station on the M11 motorway.

According to the 2001 census it had a population of 987, increasing to 1,589 at the census 2011.[1]

In the 12th century the village name in old English was recorded as "Bircehangra" which means "Wooded slope growing with Birch trees". This name is still appropriate today as parts of Birchanger Wood still exist and still contains many Birch trees (which are protected).[4]


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