The village green at Brasted
Brasted shown within Kent
|Population||1,321 (2001 census)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||South East Coast|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Brasted // is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England. The parish is located to the west of Sevenoaks town. The parish includes the settlements of Brasted Chart and Toys Hill, and had a population of 1321 persons (2001 census). The single slightly winding street of the village has a number of 18th-century houses, and several antique shops. The parish church is dedicated to St Martin.
The name is recorded as Briestede in 1086 and as Bradestede around 1100; it is from Old English brād + stede and means 'broad place.' In the nineteenth century Napoleon III lived in Brasted Place (one of only two Robert Adam houses in Kent). Another famous resident was John Turton, physician to King George III.
Brasted used to be served by a railway station on the branch line running between Westerham and Dunton Green that opened in 1881 and closed in 1961. Australian soft-drink manufacturer George Marchant was born here in Brasted in 1857. During the Second World War the local pub, White Hart was popular with RAF fighter pilots stationed at nearby Biggin Hill.
Brasted lies om the A25 road, between Sundridge and Westerham; the road is named Westerham Road, High Street and Main Road as it passes through the village east to west. Just to the north of Brasted the M25 motorway and the River Darent also pass through in a west to east direction.
Brasted Chart is a hamlet within the civil parish of Brasted. It lies to the south of Brasted and the North of Four Elms. Its road, Chart Lane, leads to another hamlet called Toys Hill to the south. There is no chapel or church however there are numerous Grade II listed buildings, the former stables and coach house and linking wall and mounting block to the south west of the house of Foxwold. Similarly, all the buildings (Cottage, Oast House, Piggery and former dairy, now a basecamp for private group bookings and working holidays) at Outridge Farm (owned by the National Trust) have Grade II listed building status. The Oast Houses are unique in the fact that cowls are octagonal in comparison to the usual conical shape found in both Kent and Sussex.
||Tatsfield||Hawley's Corner, South Street and Biggin Hill||Knockholt|
|Westerham||Brasted and Sundridge, Kent|
|Limpsfield Chart||Crockham Hill||Toys Hill|
- G.M. Miller, BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names (Oxford UP, 1971), p. 20.
- A.D. Mills, Dictionary of English Place-Names (Oxford UP, 2nd ed., 1998), p. 51.
- John Newman. West Kent and the Weald. The “Buildings of England” Series, First Edition, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner and Judy Nairn, eds. (London: Penguin, 1969), 171
- "National Heritage List, List Entries IDs 1085841, 1249480, 1263743, 1249480". English Heritage. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
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