Braishfield

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Braishfield
Braishfield
Braishfield is located in Hampshire
Braishfield
Braishfield
Braishfield shown within Hampshire
Population 643 [1]
684 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid reference SU3725
Civil parish
  • Braishfield
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Romsey
Postcode district SO51
Dialling code 01794
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hampshire
51°01′27″N 1°28′00″W / 51.02429°N 1.46662°W / 51.02429; -1.46662Coordinates: 51°01′27″N 1°28′00″W / 51.02429°N 1.46662°W / 51.02429; -1.46662

Braishfield is a village and civil parish north of Romsey in Hampshire, England. The name is thought to be derived from the Old English bræsc + feld, meaning 'open land with small branches or brushwood'.[3] The hamlet of Pucknall lies due east of the village.

Geology[edit]

The parish lies on the northern edge of the Hampshire Basin, with chalk in the north. To the south and east of the village this is overlain by Palaeocene sands and clays of the Lambeth Group. At the southern edge the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are on younger deposits of Eocene age, sloping from a ridge of the Nursling sands into a valley of London Clay.[4]

History[edit]

Archaeological discoveries in Braishfield include the remains of some of the oldest dwellings to be found in Great Britain and the first Neolithic dwelling site of any kind to be discovered in Hampshire.[5]

Places of interest[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints was built in 1855.

Transport[edit]

The Village has neither main roads nor railways, but is crossed by the Monarch's Way long-distance footpath.

Sport[edit]

Braishfield has a long running football club, who play their home games at the Recreation Ground. Founded in 1907, they run two adult sides in the Southampton League and six boys teams at various age groups in the Test Way Youth League. There is also a village cricket club.

Local folklore and legend[edit]

Braishfield is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a miserly Edwardian lady, who has been seen searching the village for the fortune she buried shortly before her death.[6][7]

Media appearances[edit]

The television series Worzel Gummidge was filmed in part here, including scenes at the school.[citation needed]

Twin towns[edit]

Braishfield is twinned with:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish Headcounts, Area: Braishfield CP". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 2001. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Mills, A.D: A Dictionary of English Place-Names, page 47. Oxford University Press, 1991.
  4. ^ British Geological Survey, 2002, England & Wales Sheet 299: Winchester, 1:50,000 Geology Series, Keyworth, Nottingham:British Geological Survey, ISBN 0-7518-3340-1
  5. ^ "Braishfield - Archaeological Sites and Remains". Hampshire Treasures: Vol 9 (Test Valley South),P17. Hampshire County Council. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  6. ^ Scanlan, David (2009). Paranormal Hampshire. Amberley Publishing. ISBN 978-1848682573. 
  7. ^ Matthews, Rupert. "Para-News: The Miser of Braishfield". Para-News.com. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-11.