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A Brief History

Bramham has a long and rich history and a growing digital archive of historic records.


Bramham is of ancient origin, owing to its location at the crossing point of strategic routes used by past generations, from Roman conquerors, to armies of the English Civil War, to modern travellers.

As noted on the entry for Bramham on Wikipedia, the importance of the manor of Bramham is recorded in the Domesday Survey (1086), when the population was 68, compared to just 41 in Wetherby, now a nearby market town.

“The Great North Road and a stream flowing to the River Wharfe are crossed by one of many Roman roads hereabouts. It has a fine bridge, an imposing peace memorial, an old windmill looking down,and houses great and small in a lovely green setting. South of the village, where the hillside road is bowered with stately beeches, are four fine houses not far apart; Bramham House, Bramham Lodge, Bramham Biggin (which began as a chantry to Nostell Priory),and Bramham Hall, a house in classic style with an entrance crowned by a pediment on six pillars. Shading its beautiful gardens are cedars, beeches, chestnuts, and ancient yews; and a great whitebeam here is said to be the biggest in England. Off the Roman road running through rich woodland west of the village is Hope Hall, where Sir Thomas Fairfax lived; it was the kennels of the Bramham Moor Hunt when we called.” - Arthur Mee’s “The King’s England: Yorkshire West Riding” first printed in 1941.

From the Romas roads; to the Saxon graveyard; to the Norman’s who built the oldest part of All Saint’s Church in 1150; to The Battle of Bramham Moor in 1408; to the rich history surrounding the development of the nearby Bramham Park Estate; to the opening of a WW1 aerodrome on Headly Moor in 1906, the history of this small and peaceful village is suprising and unusual.

The Bramham Archive Website  , containing over 3000 images, documents and plans, collated over many years by enthusiastic local historians is now available online  Visitors to this new website will be able to explore the Ancient History of Bramham, how it evolved over the centuries, whilst retaining its individual character.