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Bracknell Suburbs
How did the Estates get their names?


  • Amen Corner is where prayers were said by local Baptists. 
  • Birch Hill is named after the Birch Trees which grow naturally in the area.
  • Bullbrook is the name of the only river in Bracknell. Cows once grazed nearby.
  • Crown Wood refers to the surrounding Crown Land Forestry Estates.
  • Easthampstead is an ancient Saxon village. It was originally 'Yethampstead'. This means 'Gate Homestead'. The gate was into Windsor Forest.
  • Farley Wood is named after the farm which used to stand there.
  • Forest Park refers to Swinley Park, an important house in Windsor Forest where the King used to keep his hunting hounds.
  • Great Hollands was a medieval field name.
  • Hanworth is an old Saxon word meaning 'High Farm'.
  • Harmans Water once had a lake owned by Mr. Harman.
  • Home Farm refers to Easthampstead Park's Home Farm.
  • Lawrence Hill is named after the owner of a brick making factory once based there.
  • Martin's Heron was a big house pulled down in the 1980s.
  • Popeswood belonged to the family of the famous writer, Alexander Pope.
  • Priestwood stands on what was once Priestwood Common. The 'priests' were monks from Hurley Priory who owned the land in Medieval times.
  • Quelm Park is named after Quelm Lane where there used to be a 'quelm'. A quelm is a gibbet where the rotting bodies of hanged criminals were displayed!
  • Temple Park is named after a Temple Folly for Binfield Manor.
  • Warfield Green was renamed as Whitegrove because its original name was a joke. Protestors had not wanted the houses built. They wanted to "Keep Warfield Green". 
  • Warfield Park was a big house pulled down in the mid-20th century.
  • Wild Ridings refers to the 'Rides' through Windsor Forest built by Queen Anne.


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