Brampton, Norfolk

This website is for the village of Brampton in Norfolk. The village is linked through the Parish Council with the neighbouring historic hamlet of Oxnead.

Brampton is one of the smallest villages in Norfolk and is almost certainly the smallest of all the places with the same name throughout the world. The village is located in the valley of the River Bure some 2.5 miles from the market town of Aylsham.

The village sign (above) gives a clue to the fact that the village has a rich history. Archaeological finds go back to the neolithic era but much dates from Roman times when the site was a bustling industrial centre with maritime links to the rest of the empire. Pottery and metal products were the main items manufactured here. The village sign is based on a Roman artefact discovered in the village which can now be seen in Norwich Castle Museum. Excavations in the 1960’s & 70’s uncovered a Roman bath house and much evidence of industrial activity. It also identified the location of the port area from where the manufactured items were exported.

The River Bure was navigable through Brampton until 1912 when wherries (Norfolk cargo carrying river boats) would transit to the mill at Aylsham. Brampton itself had a staithe (landing place) and at least one wherry was based here. Today the head of navigation is Coltishall from where the Bure forms an important part of the Broads network as it wends its way to Great Yarmouth.

Today the village is unspoilt and very quiet. Visitors on foot, bike or horseback are very welcome but our narrow lanes and lack of parking makes a visit by car very difficult. There is a station at Brampton on the Bure Valley Railway; a footpath and cycle way runs alongside.

There are a number of footpaths in and around Brampton. One of the favourites is the causeway path (known as the ‘Karnser’) that leads to Burgh-next-Aylsham. This route crosses the Bure by way of the Cradle Bridge and then crosses the churchyard of St. Mary’s Church in Burgh.

St. Peter’s Church Brampton lies at the north of the village at the end of a shallow ridge which overlooks the river valley.  The church is one of the 124 ‘round-tower’ churches of Norfolk and is Grade II* Listed Building.


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3 Responses to Brampton, Norfolk

  1. Barbara Chapman says:

    Hello, not sure if this is the place to send my request but I thought that someone may know if there are any of the Mack Family still living in the village?
    I have found literally hundreds of relatives born or living in the village, pleas quite a lot that were born or died in the old workhouse in Buxton.
    I know that my Macks also ran the Cross Keys pub as well.
    So I would like to request that if there are any Macks still there they might be allowed access to my email address? I would love to hear from them.
    Thank you


    • marklittle says:

      Dear Barbara

      Thank you for your email – sorry for the lateness of my reply. Sadly there are no longer Macks living in the village. Susan ‘Bubbles’ Mack was the last one to do so and she died two or three years ago. He brother, Arthur, predeceesed her (perhaps by ten years or so). They lived in a flat near the Old Cross Keys pub. There are a number of relations living in the wider area – nephews who kept in touch with them and continue to do so with some in the village. I am not certain of any of their email addresses, but I am sure that there landline numbers would be available.



  2. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much Mark.
    After searching for many years I have hit a brick wall but it’s good to know that there are still some Macks in the area. I will try to look up the landline numbers as suggested.

    Many thanks

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