Visit Bracknell and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Bracknell, Berkshire. The long arm of modern development has reached out from Bracknell to Easthampstead. However, the core of the village of Easthampstead remains as it was, though it is now quite hard to imagine that this was a forest village, set in rural seclusion.
However, interesting historical associations take you right through the centuries. Richard II and Catherine of Aragon visited Easthampstead Park - l mile west of the village, rebuilt in the 19th century and now a college. The Church of Saint Michael and Mary Magdalene is Victorian, but has a 15th century, brass to Thomas Berwyck, an epitaph to Elijah Fenton by Alexander Pope, and some fine windows by Burne-Jones. But to come up to date you must go into Bracknell, Berkshire's only New Town, which has seen much development since the war. Point Royal, a 17-storied hexagonal building by Arup Associates stands out impressively.
This is an excellent area for both golf and for walking, and the heath, forest or pine woods also have their own long history.
Caesar's Camp, 1 mile south. of Easthampstead, although probably occupied by the Romans, was originally an Iron Age camp, covering some 20 acres. It gives some fine views, and now part is incorporated into a recreation ground.
A track runs from Caesar's Camp to join the Devil's Highway, under 1 mile south. The road was built by the Romans and runs from London to Silchester, entering Berkshire near Bagshot. Parallel to this and north of Caesar's Camp, Nine Mile Ride, another possibly Roman road, runs from east to west of the forest.
Of the towns and villages around, two are particularly interesting. Binfield, about 3 miles north, has associations with Alexander Pope, who came to live here as a boy of 12 when his father, a linen draper, retired in 1700. There are also several good Georgian houses in the neighbourhood, and the church contains a l7th century hour-glass.
Nearby villages: Binfield, Warfield, Winkfield, Sunninghill, Windlesham
Nearby towns: Reading, Windsor, Ascot, Crowthorne, Maidenhead, Sandhurst, Wokingham and London.
Have you decided to visit Bracknell or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Bracknell bed and breakfast (a Bracknell B&B or Bracknell b and b)
- a Bracknell guesthouse
- a Bracknell hotel (or motel)
- a Bracknell self-catering establishment, or
- other Bracknell accommodation