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Brampton is a village near Godmanchester south-west of Huntingdon, in the Huntingdonshire non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire. It has a population over 5000. At one time the higher part of Brampton parish was forest but there are now less than 300 acres (1.2 km2) of woodland. (See Brampton Wood.) Brampton is generally low-lying, mostly being about 33 feet (10 m) above sea-level, although the ground rises towards the south west boundary where it reaches 164 feet (50 m).
Brampton has been variously known as: Brantune (11th century), Brantone, Bramptone (12th–13th century), Brauntone, Brampton (13th century). Scattered human remains dating back 1600–2000 years have been found in one or more gardens of houses near the local primary school. The exact origin of these has yet to be determined.
Brampton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086: there was a church and priest at Brampton in 1086. The Church of St Mary Magdalene or St Mary the Virgin (as it was once called), consists of a chancel with a north vestry, nave, north aisle, south aisle, west tower and north and south porches. This church is mentioned in Domesday, but with the exception of a few features dating from the 12th century, no part of the current structure is earlier than the 14th century.
Brampton is associated with the diarist Samuel Pepys. Legend has it that his fortune is buried somewhere in the village. Brampton was the home of his uncle, Robert Pepys, elder brother of the diarist's father, whose house still stands in the village. Samuel Pepys is known to have stayed there and at the Black Bull Inn in the village.
Brampton has one recently merged (September 2007) school named Brampton Village Primary School. It was classified as good according to all the main criteria at the most recent Ofsted inspection in March 2012. Previously there were two separate schools on the same site: an infants school and a junior school.
The village has retail, medical, dental and veterinary services. There are two horticultural nurseries. Brampton Garden Centre, run by East Anglian company Frosts, also has a restaurant which recently won an award for the best Garden Centre Restaurant in the North Thames area, despite it being nowhere near the Thames.
Brampton offers three more drinking establishments, The Dragoon, The Old Mill and the Montaz Tandoori restaurant (formerly The Harrier pub, named in honour of the RAF base located in the village). Other less accessible places to drink include The Institute, a private members club, and the Bowls Club. The Grange Hotel, Brampton used to be a hotel and restaurant but is now shut down. In 2013 work started on converting the hotel into flats. It is a large 18th-century brick building, once a private residence, but during the Second World War requisitioned as the headquarters of the American Eighth Air Force. RAF Brampton closed in 2013 and the land was sold for development – plans have been submitted for up to 402 new houses on the site.
Brampton Park Golf Club is an 18-hole course featuring the par-3 4th, a signature hole with a green almost completely surrounded by water, often referred to as England's hardest par-3. The village has a large skate park on the Memorial Playing Fields, alongside the Memorial Hall, and in 2013 the Multi Users Games Area (MUGA) was opened. There are also fields for football and cricket.
- Geoff Capes, the Commonwealth shot-put champion and two times winner of the title of World's Strongest Man, served as a police officer in Brampton in the 1970s.
- Statement of significance Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- School site. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Ofsted report.Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Parish site. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "A Long Shot Right On Target". CNN. 26 January 1976. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
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