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The Local Guide to living in Bramham

The village of Bramham is situated in a beautiful region of West Yorkshire, roughly 12 miles from the town of Harrogate. This unassuming rural area is drenched in history, ranging from the Roman invasion of Britain to the outbreak of the Civil War.

The Domesday Book, drafted by order of William the Conqueror in 1086, details that Bramham was owned by Nigel from Court Robert of Mortain and that the land was designated to 15 farmers from a total population of 68. The village was nearly destroyed during the Harrowing of the North. The legacy of Norman rule is evident in the All Saint’s Church, built in 1150 and parts of which still remain today.

Bramham was the site of the Battle of Bramham Moor, in which Henry Percy led his ill-fated rebellion in 1408, losing his head in the process. A large memorial stone now stands at Blackfen Wood, the believed site of the battle, commemorating the fallen soldiers from both armies. Furthermore, 3 soldiers from the Battle of Marston Moor are buried in the local churchyard – a testament to Bramham’s involvement in England’s turbulent Civil War.

Now, the only muddy fields in Bramham are filled each year by festival-goers gathered for the famous Leeds Festival in Bramham Park field on the August Bank Holiday.

Information about the local residents

According to the 2001 national Census, Bramham has a population of 1,715 out of the 7,165 in the greater surrounding area of Boston Spa and Clifford. Of this greater number, 97.4% identify themselves as English, compared to 83.9% in Leeds, the nearest large city. The next top five recorded ethnicities in the area only equated to 2.3% of the population.

NHS research showed that in the area of Bramham, Boston Spa and Clifford, just under 20% of the population are clinically obese, lower than the average in Leeds. The findings also found that around 13.5% of the population are smokers, compared to 22.5% in the city, indicating that those living in the more rural areas outside of Leeds are generally healthier than those living in the built-up regions.

Nearby schools

Bramham has a selection of schools for parents to consider, despite being in a relatively remote location. The local pre-school, Brook Babes, offers care and teaching for younger children and the chance to integrate them into a social environment. Following this, the village children tend to go to the Bramham Primary School which is for children aged between 4 and 11 years old, offering a balanced curriculum in order to develop responsible children. The school was recently rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in a 2013 inspection.

For secondary schools, the neighbouring village of Boston Spa has a mixed-sex comprehensive which takes direct feed from Bramham Primary. The Boston Spa School offers a range of core and extra-curricular subjects as well as the option for post-16 study. In 2015, the school earned a ‘Good’ rating in all areas from Ofsted inspectors, affirming the hard work the staff and governors put into the education of the pupils.

Getting around

Being a relatively isolate village in West Yorkshire means that there aren’t many public transport options. Most residents choose to travel by car, with the A1 road running parallel with the village. The 770 and 771 buses stop at several locations in the village on the Harrogate-Leeds route, allowing villagers to gain quick access to the metropolitan hubs around them. The nearest train station is 14 minutes away in Garforth, granting access to National Rail services.

Local shops

Despite its size, the residents of Bramham enjoy a variety of local shops and amenities. The post office is a stable of rural England while The Red Lion and The Swan offer hearty ales and home-cooked food. For larger outlets, Leeds and Harrogate are a short drive or bus journey away, with a range of high street and designer brand stores available.

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