In 1949 it gained a sizeable portion of Pattiswick parish on the abolition of the latter. At the same time Great Coggeshall and Little Coggeshall merged to form the parish and town of Coggeshall. It is unknown if Bradwell-next-Coggeshall was also absorbed into the parish of Coggeshall. Since 1974 the area has been covered by the Braintree District in Essex.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Bradwell-next-Coggeshall from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72: