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Brampton has been variously known as: Brantune (11th century), Brantone, Bramptone (12th–13th century), Brauntone, Brampton (13th century)
Brampton has a long history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book: 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 the Domesday survey of 1086, but, with the exception of a few parts dating from the 12th century, no part of the current structure is earlier than the 14th century.
At one time the higher part of Brampton parish was forest but there are now less than 300 acres (1.2 km2) of woodland. 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 is associated with Samuel Pepys and 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; his house still stands in the village. Samuel Pepys was known to have stayed there and at the Black Bull Inn in the village.
Brampton offers two more drinking establishments, The Dragoon, 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 developing the hotel into flats. It is a large 18th-century brick building, once a private residence, but during the Second World War was 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 MOD site.
Brampton has one recently merged (September 2007) school named simply Brampton Village Primary School. Previously there were two schools, situated on the same site: an infants school and a junior school.
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.
Brampton Garden Centre, run by East Anglian company Frosts, is a well-respected and popular one. The Garden Centre 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.
The village has a large Skate Park on the Memorial Playing Fields, alongside the Memorial Hall and in 2013 the Multi Users Games Area, or MUGA for short was opened. There are also pitches for football and cricket. Scattered human remains dating back c. 1600–2000 years old have been found in one or more gardens of houses near the local primary school. The exact origin has yet to be determined.
- Geoff Capes, the Commonwealth shot put champion and two times winner of the title of World's Strongest Man, served as a police officer here in the 1970s.
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