Bradenham

Introduction

Bradenham Parish

Church: St Botolph

Hundred: Desborough

Poor Law District: Wycombe

Size (acres): 996

Easting & Northing: 482197

Grid Ref SU820970 Click to see map

Names

Names & Places

NameTypeNote
Bradenham PARISH St Botolph
Bradeham NAMES name for Bradenham in Domesday Book in 1086
Bradenhamme NAMES name for Bradenham in 1535
Independent NON-CONFORMIST First Mentioned: ?. Recorded in 1851 religious census
Smallden PLACE within the parish

 

Links

Links

Bradenham, A short history Bradenham, A short history
The Memorial Lynch Gate at Bradenham Chu Buckinghamshire Remembers - The Memorial Lynch Gate at Bradenham Church
Church Stained Glass Church Stained Glass
Search The National Archives for Bradenham Search The National Archives for Bradenham
Historical Statistics/Maps Historical Statistics/Maps

 

Photographs

Photographs in our Gallery Photographs in our Gallery
Pictures in the Frith collection Pictures in the Frith collection

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Population

Population

These population figures are based on the Census results. The boundaries are those used in the particular census which may vary over time..

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1801 170
1811 181
1821 220
1831 263
1841 226
1851 138
1861 185
1871 169
1881 183
1891 152
1901 154
1911 142
1921 132
1931 134
1941 N/A
1951 652
1961 724
1971 775
1981 935
1991 869

There was no census in 1941.

Records

Records

Parish  Church  Register  Start
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Bradenham   St Botolph   Baptisms   1590   1902   Yes,
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Bradenham   St Botolph   Marriages   1590   1906   Yes,
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Bradenham   St Botolph   Burials   1601   1905   Yes,
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Surnames

Surnames

These were extracted from our own records and presented as a guide.

PositionBefore 1700  18th Century  19th Century  Overall Surnames  
1 LOVEDAY LACEY LACEY LACEY
2 DARVOLL WINGROVE STALLWOOD WINGROVE
3 WINTER KING KENNEDY KING
4 WINGROVE PARISH GOODCHILD STALLWOOD
5 SHRIMPTON BILLING WOOSTER KENNEDY
6 ALICE LEE KING SMITH
7 CARTER FINCH BALL GOODCHILD
8 RATCLIFFE WHITBOURNE GOODEARL WINTER
9 EAST BELSON SMITH WOOSTER
10 GUNNELL STONE BROWN BALL

 

Notes

I was born, as was my mother before me, at the Bradenham Bradenham Red Lion. My grandmother died when my mother was eighteen years old so she and my grandfather ran the pub until he died and then my father took it over.
Bradenham is now a National Trust Village but before that it was preserved as an old Manor holding by the Graves family.


The Graves family were very domineering folk. The Reverend Graves was strict with the villagers about attending church on Sundays and woe betide any parishioner who failed to turn up for service. When he died, his son had the living; at his death his widow had a life interest. Her maiden name was Tempest and she reverted to that as widow after the death of her two brothers in the 1914-18 War, which made her the last of her line. Mrs Tempest vigorously opposed any change in the village and it is consequently much the same as in its feudal days. Only recently has one house been erected—the first in over a hundred years. She lost the battle with the Air Ministry, however, and land on the outskirts of the village was compul-sorily purchased in May 1940, to build what was then Bomber Command Headquarters. She did force through certain provisions, principally that no buildings or overhead wires were to intrude on the line of the Queen's Ride which was a path cut through the woods and countryside for the use of Queen Elizabeth I when she came to visit the Manor.

Another old house on the Common is Admiral Silver's House. After the death of Miss Silver, the last of that line, the Hudson family from West Wycombe rented the property from The National Trust and made it into the very beautiful house it is today. They were carvers by profession and in addition to carvings in the house made the lovely interior door of St. Botolph's church. The church is separated only by a wall from the old Elizabethan Manor House.

When I was young Mr Ball, the blacksmith, was also the verger of the church.
Bradenham held the prettiest Garland Day for miles around on May Day. The garland of fresh flowers was always made by Mrs Brown, the wife of the Keeper of the Woods, who only earned £1 a week to keep a wife and family of seven children. On Garland Day, all the children wore their most colourful clothes and after the May Revels went out singing, first to the Manor House and then to the workhouse at Saunderton. We also danced around a Maypole at the fete held in the Manor grounds every summer.

Dora Smith, Sands

Extracted from 'A Pattern Hundreds' (1975) and reproduced with the kind permission of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes

Description

Desciption of Bradenham from Sheahan in 1861

The parish of Bradenham contains 1,001 acres, and 182 inhabitants. The soil is chalk and flint. The village, which is situated 4 mile N.W. from High Wycombe, is built around a small green of a rural character. At the upper end of it, and approached through lofty iron gates, is the Manor House, backed by extensive woods; and close to the mansion is the church.

The Manor House is best known as the residence for many years of Isaac Disraeli Esq., D.C.L, was the descendant of a Hebrew family which flourished in Spain, and after in Italy. His father Benjamin Disraeli, settled in England in 1748, as a Venetian merchant, and being successful in his affairs retired from business, while yet in middle life to Enfield, where he died in 1817aged 90 years.

Education

Bradenham Parish (Pop. 263)

One Sunday School, with 28 males and 30 females; supported by the Rev. T. King.

ABSTRACT OF EDUCATION RETURNS, 1833.