The River Pang in Bradfield village
|Area||16.67 km2 (6.44 sq mi)|
|Population||2,177 (2011 census)|
|• Density||131/km2 (340/sq mi)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Bradfield is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. Aside from farms and a smaller amount of woodland its main settlements are Bradfield Southend, its medieval-founded nucleus and the hamlet of Tutts Clump.
Bradfield's traditional centre is on the mid-flood plain of the River Pang centred 6 miles (9.7 km) west of Reading, where the Theale to Compton road crosses the river. Bradfield Southend is centred about a mile to the south west on the gentle escarpment between the Pang and the Kennet. Other villages and hamlets in the parish include Southend, Tutts Clumps, Clay hill and Rotten Row. There is a complex of ponds in the vicinity of the latter containing very good examples of artesian aquifers. Best known of these is 'The Blue Pool' which has delighted generations of children. In recent years, the current owners have had to deny access to the site due to minor fluctuating levels of pollution. Plans for better access have not yet come to fruition.[when?]
The parish church of St Andrew was almost entirely rebuilt by Gilbert Scott in 1847.
Position: grid reference (Bradfield), (Bradfield Southend) (centres)
Nearest town/city: Reading
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Bradfield is a civil parish with an elected parish council – this makes up the second layer of local government. It falls within the area of the unitary authority of West Berkshire, the main layer of local government.
- Peter Nelson (1913–1998), first-class cricketer and British Army officer
- John Pordage (1607–1681), Anglican priest and Christian mystic
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