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Welcome to Brampton Village

Schools | Churches | Shops | Sport | Halls | Pubs | Open Spaces | Health | Sheltered Housing | Logo | The Future | Summary

Photo: Brampton Village sign

Brampton is a large village with some 5,000 residents and is situated 2 miles south west of Huntingdon. It is 16 miles from Cambridge and an hour from Kings Cross by train. It has direct access to the A1 and A14 and nearby rail links to London, Peterborough and beyond. There is also a recently introduced guided bus that goes from St. Ives to Cambridge with a link from Huntingdon. A regular bus service passes through the village en route from Huntingdon and St Neots. Hinchingbrooke Hospital serves Brampton and the surrounding area.

Schools

Brampton Village Primary School (two form of entry) is beside the village green (once a pond) and caters for the 4+ to 11 year olds. It has a pre-school section, The Brambles, for the 3 – 4s and a “Kids Club” for “before and after” school care.

There are two schools for the 11 – 18 year olds in Huntingdon, Hinchingbrooke, once the home of the Earls of Sandwich and St. Peter's. There is also a College of Further Education in Huntingdon.

Brampton also caters for the younger children with two nursery schools and a playgroup.

More information here.

Churches Photo: St Mary Magdalene church

There are two churches in Brampton: St Mary Magdalene – the Parish Church – parts of which date back to the 12th and 13th century and the Methodist Church on the village green. The nearest Roman Catholic Churches are in Buckden and Huntingdon.

The Parish church also has a large tranquil cemetery.

Shops

Brampton is very fortunate to have a good selection of shops – there is a Post Office, chemist, florist, two hairdressers, Co-op, butchers, corner store, art gallery, gift shop, pet food store, off licence, fish and chip shop and a Chinese takeaway as well as a car repair garage and car show rooms.

Gardeners are catered for with Frosts Garden Centre and River Lane Nurseries.

We also have a GP practice, a dental surgery a chiropractor and a veterinary practice.

Sport

The Memorial Playing Fields were dedicated to those who lost their lives in the two world wars. Ornamental trees have been planted in their memory. There are 5 football pitches for both junior and senior teams with cricket played in the summer season. A multi-use games area (MUGA) is in place for tennis, basketball and 5-a-side football.  There is also a well-used skate park.

Also on the playing fields is a play park for younger children, a youth shelter and a memorial garden with seating and an avenue of trees donated in memory of “loved ones”. There is another smaller play park towards the western end of the village.

Brampton has its own golf club – an 18 hole course with a driving range and pro shop. It also has bar and catering facilities open to non members.

We also have a nationally recognised bowling green with a thriving club.

For serious gardeners the Parish Council has 60 allotments which are rented out.

Huntingdon Race Course is actually within the parish and has regular meetings.

Halls

The Community Centre in is the High Street – it was once a church – and has one large room with a small stage and can seat about 120 people. Various clubs and organisations meet here, such as Guides, Mums and Tots, Three Score Club, Flower Club, various fitness groups, Karate and The Befrienders Group. There is also a small meeting room and a kitchen.

The Memorial Centre is a much newer building with two halls, a bar and kitchen. It is home to  the Parish Council Office. It is situated besides the playing fields and has a large car park. Various groups use these facilities including the Youth Group, Ballet School, Fitness and Dance Classes, Martial Arts, a Baby Group and a much appreciated weekly Day Centre for older people among others. It is also let for wedding and other parties.

The (Parish) Church Hall – once the village school – is where the Church Youth Group meets as well as the daily children’s playgroup. The Brownies and other small groups use it too.

The Richard Westbrooke Hall, situated behind the parade of shops, is home to the various Scout Groups.

Pubs

There are three pubs in Brampton – The Black Bull, The Dragoon and The Old Mill on the banks of the River Great Ouse. All are steeped in history.  Samuel Pepys was known to frequent the Black Bull when visiting his family in Pepys House which still exists within the village. No-one has yet located the treasure which he allegedly buried in his garden. The house can be toured by appointment.

Brampton Institute in the High Street is a building that was bequeathed to the village in 1887 as a reading room. It is now a social club run by a committee. It caters for all occasions – dances, weddings, parties, etc. as well as offering a club atmosphere for local residents. It has a licensed bar and catering facilities.

On the village green there is an Indian restaurant, called Montaz which also has bar facilities.

Open Spaces

Brampton is fortunate to have within its boundaries 3 SSSIs.

Brampton has an historic village green and a memorial garden has been created within the main village playing fields.
Sitting in open countryside the village has the benefit of many local walks. Hinchingbrooke Park provides open grasslands, meadows, woodlands and lakes covering 170 acres with a wealth of wildlife everywhere.

Health

Brampton has a GP practice, a dental practice, a chemist and a chiropractor. It is about 10 minutes drive from Hinchingbrooke Hospital which is a district general hospital with A and E and maternity departments and a large Day Treatment Centre. More specialised treatment is provided by hospitals in Papworth, Cambridge and Peterborough.

Sheltered Housing

Within the village there are two sheltered housing complexes and a Cheshire Home.

The Oblisk on Hutingdon RoadLogo

The parish logo is a picture of the historic obelisk.
On the main road from Huntingdon on a triangular green island just before the large roundabout is an ancient way-marker (early 1700s). The carved hands point the traveller along the important routes to the South (London) and West (Thrapston). Now we all have our SAT NAVS we could perhaps manage without it. But it is part of Brampton’s history and, as such, we carefully look after it and even light it up at night just in case anyone should need to know the way.

Future Development

The Royal Air Force once played a big role in the life of the village, but that is coming to an end.  RAF Brampton is due to close in 2013 and the land will be developed. We expect 400 new homes, several acres of employment opportunities and appropriate new facilities. Additionally it is hoped to retain the excellent little theatre, the tennis courts and the listed buildings that are on the site as well as  many fine very old trees. We expect the small business park to offer employment opportunities for local people.

Summary

As you can see BRAMPTON is a thriving village with many facilities and lots happening. Listed  elsewhere in this web site(What’s On) are details of forthcoming events and of many of the clubs and societies that add so much to village life. You can find out what has been happening by looking at recent items of news

Comments from people who have moved to Brampton

  • “It has everything we need without travelling outside the village.”
  • “Such a friendly place to live.”
  • “Close proximity to other areas for walking, boating, etc, such as Grafham Water, Brampton Wood and the River Ouse”.
  • “A great place to bring up children – it caters for all age groups”.

Details of all the various aspects of village life can be found on this website, in the quarterly village magazine BRAMPTON MATTERS and the monthly church BRAMPTON PARISH NEWS.

If there are other things you would like to know ring 01480 456555 or the parish office on 01480 454441 during office hours.