Fairstead is a village and civil parish in the Braintree district of Essex, England. Whilst isolated in a community of farming hamlets, the parish of Fairstead has close connections with Great Leighs and is 9.8 miles from Chelmsford, Essex's capital.
The parish encompasses the hamlets of Fuller Street and Rank's Green. Fairstead had a population of 290 according to the 2011 census. In the 1870s, Fairstead was described as being:
The name 'Fairstead' originates from Old English, meaning 'fair place'. Fair meaning fair, beautiful or pleasant. Stead meaning 'A place, a site, a locality; a religious house or foundation; a place of communal activity; a farm, a dairy-farm, an estate.'
Fair probably means a travelling fair. Thus 'fairstrad' is the place where a fair was held.
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Fairstead, Braintree, United Kingdom
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