Braintree is a district in the county of Essex in England. The council is based in Braintree, other major cities are Witham, Halstead and Hatfield Peverel. The district was formed on 1 April 1974 and was born from the merger of the Urban Districts Braintree and Brocking, Halstead and Wiltham and the rural district Braintree Halstead. Coat of arms of Essex District in Essex