Cold Brayfield

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Cold Brayfield
Cold Brayfield is located in Buckinghamshire
Cold Brayfield
Cold Brayfield
Cold Brayfield shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 75 (Mid-2010 pop est)[1]
OS grid reference SP929523
Civil parish
  • Cold Brayfield
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town OLNEY
Postcode district MK46
Dialling code 01234
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°09′40″N 0°38′31″W / 52.161°N 0.642°W / 52.161; -0.642Coordinates: 52°09′40″N 0°38′31″W / 52.161°N 0.642°W / 52.161; -0.642

Cold Brayfield is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.[2] It is about three miles east of Olney, on the Bedfordshire border. Nearby places are Lavendon and Turvey (over the bridge on the Bedfordshire side of the River Great Ouse). It is in the civil parish of Newton Blossomville.

Cold Brayfield is probably the place named as 'Bragenfelda' in a charter of 967.[3] The elements of the name, 'brain' and 'field' are interpreted to mean 'open country on the crown of a hill'.[4] The village name is later recorded in twelfth- and thirteenth-century charters as 'Brauefeld', 'Brawefeld' or 'Brauufeld',[5] and becomes 'Cold Brayfield' towards the end of the sixteenth century.[6] The prefix 'Cold' is believed to refer to the village's bleak location on the banks of the River Great Ouse, however there is no known record for this.

The Church of England parish church is dedicated to St Mary.[7]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population estimates in England and Wales, mid-2010". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ Charters of Abingdon Abbey, ed. S.E. Kelly, 2 parts, Anglo-Saxon Charters VIII (British Academy: Oxford, 2001), part 2, no. 106, pp. 419-21
  4. ^ E. Ekwall, The Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names, 4th edition (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1960), p. 59; V. Watts, ed., The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004), p. 82
  5. ^ Records of Harrold Priory, ed. G. H. Fowler (Bedfordshire Historical Record Society: Aspley Guise, 1935), pp. 46-53
  6. ^ Victoria History of the County of Buckingham, IV (Victoria History of the Counties of England: London, 1927), pp. 323-327. URL: Date accessed: 3 July 2009
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