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Brampton is a village and civil parish in Cambridgeshire, England. Brampton lies approximately 2 miles (3 km) south-west of Huntingdon. Brampton is situated within Huntingdonshire which is a non-metropolitan district of Cambridgeshire as well as being a historic county of England. Brampton has a population over 5000.
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.
As a civil parish, Brampton has a parish council. The parish council is elected by the residents of the parish who have registered on the electoral roll; the parish council is the lowest tier of government in England. A parish council is responsible for providing and maintaining a variety of local services including allotments and a cemetery; grass cutting and tree planting within public open spaces such as a village green or playing fields . The parish council reviews all planning applications that might affect the parish and makes recommendations to Huntingdonshire District Council, which is the local planning authority for the parish. The parish council also represents the views of the parish on issues such as local transport, policing and the environment. The parish council raises its own tax to pay for these services, known as the parish precept, which is collected as part of the Council Tax. The Brampton parish council has fifteen members and normally meets on the third Wednesday of every month.
Brampton is a district ward of Huntingdonshire District Council and is represented on the district council by two councillors. Brampton is a part of the electoral division of Brampton and Kimbolton for Cambridgeshire County Council and is represented on the county council by one councillor.
At Westminster, Brampton is in the parliamentary constituency of Huntingdon, and is represented in the House of Commons by Jonathan Djanogly (Conservative). Jonathan Djanogly has represented the constituency since 2001. The previous member of parliament was John Major (Conservative) who represented the consituency between 1983 and 2001. For the European Parliament Brampton is in the East of England (European Parliament constituency).
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).
Culture and community
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.
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.
- 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.
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 153 Bedford & Huntingdon (St Neots & Biggleswade) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319231722.
- Statement of significance Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Brampton Parish Council: Councillors". Brampton Parish Council. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- "Brampton Parish Council:Calendar" (pdf). Brampton Parish Council. Brampton Parish Council. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- "Ordnance Survey Election Maps". www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Huntingdonshire District Council: Councillors". www.huntsdc.gov.uk. Huntingdonshire District Council. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- "Cambridgeshire County Council: Councillors" (pdf). www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk. Cambridgeshire County Council. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
- Parish site. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- School site. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Ofsted report.Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "A Long Shot Right On Target". CNN. 26 January 1976. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
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