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Population 12,689 
OS grid reference TF1601
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Peterborough
Postcode district PE3
Dialling code 01733
Police Cambridgeshire
Fire Cambridgeshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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CambridgeshireCoordinates: 52°35′59″N 0°16′51″W / 52.5997°N 0.2807°W / 52.5997; -0.2807

Bretton is a residential area and civil parish in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. Bretton has been designed as a green environment; the major roads are tree-lined and there are several large parks and playing fields. It consists of two main areas; North Bretton and South Bretton, these are divided by Bretton Centre. Bretton Centre's main building is The Cresset multi-purpose venue, holding a large stage and seating, shops, a church, children's entertainment and places to eat.


Peterborough was designated a New Town in 1967 and Bretton was created as the city's first township; shortly followed by Orton. Bretton's construction began in 1970.


At the time of the 2001 census, Bretton parish had a population of 12,689 people – 6,160 males and 6,529 females living in 5,191 households.


Bretton is home to The Cresset, a theatre which also contains other leisure facilities, a library, a church and shops.

Bretton also holds one of the biggest fireworks displays in peterborough, held at the peterborough rugby lions club every year in November.

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