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Babergh District
Babergh shown within Suffolk
Babergh shown within Suffolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countySuffolk
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQIpswich
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBabergh District Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPsJames Cartlidge
 • Total229.8 sq mi (595.2 km2)
Area rank71st (of 317)
 (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total90,800
 • Rank265th (of 317)
 • Density400/sq mi (150/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.7% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code42UB (ONS)
E07000200 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTM021429

Babergh (pronounced /ˈbbə/, BAY-bə[1]) is a local government district in Suffolk, England. Primarily a rural area, Babergh contains two towns of notable size: Sudbury, and Hadleigh, which was the administrative centre until 2017.[2] Its council headquarters, which are shared with neighbouring Mid Suffolk, are now based in Ipswich.[3][4]

The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Borough of Sudbury, Hadleigh urban district, Cosford Rural District, Melford Rural District and Samford Rural District. The district did not have one party of councillors (nor a formal coalition of parties) exercising overall control until 2015.

Babergh had a population of 87,740 at the 2011 Census, and covers an area of approximately 230 square miles (600 km2).[5]

It is named after the old Babergh hundred, referred to in the Domesday Book. The southern boundary of the district is marked almost exclusively by the River Stour, which also forms the border with Essex, and it is separated from East Suffolk by the River Orwell.

'Constable Country' is cognate with a large tract of Babergh: drawing visitors to the conservation area Dedham Vale and the well-preserved villages of Long Melford, Lavenham and Kersey for painting, agricultural and architectural history, produce such as fruit, vegetables, cider, cheese and meat, shops, accommodation, restaurants and tea rooms.


Elections to the district are held every four years, with currently 43 councillors being elected from 26 wards. From the first election in 1973 to 2015 no party had won an overall majority on the council, but after the 2015 election, the Conservative party gained a large majority. After this election the council is composed of the following councillors:

Year Conservative Independent Liberal Democrat Labour Greens UKIP
2015 31 8 3 1 1 0

List of towns and civil parishes


  1. ^ "Babergh District Council - Summary". Archived from the original on 26 January 2010.
  2. ^ Estimates of Total Populations of Areas of Suffolk Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine Suffolk County Council
  3. ^ "Contact Us » Babergh Mid Suffolk".
  4. ^ Geater, Paul. "Babergh and Mid Suffolk councils set to move to Ipswich in September". Ipswich Star.
  5. ^ "District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

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