Braishfield is a village and civil parish north of Romsey in Hampshire, England. The name is thought to be derived from the Old Englishbræsc + feld, meaning ‘open land with small branches or brushwood’.[3] The hamlet of Pucknall lies due east of the village.

Human settlement in England

Location within Hampshire
Population 643 [1]
684 (2011 Census)[2]
OS grid reference SU3725
Civil parish
  • Braishfield
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Romsey
Postcode district SO51
Dialling code 01794
Police Hampshire
Fire Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Ambulance South Central
UK Parliament

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51.02429°N 1.46662°W / 51.02429; -1.46662

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The parish lies on the northern edge of the Hampshire Basin, with chalk in the north. To the south and east of the village this is overlain by Palaeocene sands and clays of the Lambeth Group. At the southern edge the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens are on younger deposits of Eocene age, sloping from a ridge of the Nursling sands into a valley of London Clay.[4]

Archaeological discoveries in Braishfield include the remains of some of the oldest dwellings to be found in Great Britain and the first Neolithic dwelling site of any kind to be discovered in Hampshire.[5]

Higgins James Bown of Laurel Cottage, was the village wheelwright, carpenter, chairmaker and undertaker. H.J. Bown died in July 1954 aged 88 years. His woodworking tools were donated to the Museum of English Rural Life.[6]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints was built in 1855.

The Village has neither main roads nor railways, but is crossed by the Monarch’s Way long-distance footpath.

Braishfield has a long running football club, who play their home games at the Recreation Ground. Founded in 1907, Braishfield football club run two adult sides in the Southampton League, a 1st team [7] and a reserve team. They also have six boys teams at various age groups in the Test Way Youth League known as the Braishfield bees. There is also a village cricket club.

Braishfield is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a miserly Edwardian lady, who has been seen searching the village for the fortune she buried shortly before her death.[8][9]

Much of the 1979-1981 television series Worzel Gummidge was filmed in and around Braishfield.[10]

Braishfield is twinned with:

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