Bracknell town guide
Bracknell has grown from a small town on the County of Berkshire to become an important centre on the outer fringe of London. Strategically placed between the M3 and M4 Motorways and with good rail connections the town experienced rapid growth in the later part of the twentieth century.
With the demise of Berkshire County Council, Bracknell is now a Unitary Authority, taking in many of the smaller communities in the Bracknell Forest area.
The name derives from Braccen-Heale meaning "Bracken covered Secret Place". It is mentioned in a Winkfield Boundary Charter of 942.
Bracknell Church was built in the 1850s. The town has only three ancient buildings, all of them pubs. The best is the Old Manor, a beautiful 17th century brick manor house complete with priest hole overlooking one of the bars. It is said to have secret passages connecting to various locations.
It was at Bracknell, in 1723, that a troop of mounted grenadier guards had a pitched battle with the infamous band of ruffians known as the Wokingham Blacks. They had been marauding around this area of Windsor Forest for over a year, but, after one of their number was forced to reveal the gang's whereabouts, the authorities were, at last, able to capture some twenty-nine men.
Easily reached by hire car are a number of attractions as diverse as Royal Windsor and the famous Ascot Racecourse. Legoland at Windsor provides a fun filled family outing, whilst closer to hand the Lookout in Bracknell Forest is the starting point for many an exploration of the forest trails.