Bramhall - Where the people are so sociable

PUBLISHED: 00:16 19 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:42 20 February 2013

Bramhall - Where the people are so sociable

Bramhall - Where the people are so sociable

The least lonely place in Britain, according to research carried out at Sheffield University, Bramhall is also one of the most affluent places in the region.

The least lonely place in Britain, according to research carried out at Sheffield University, Bramhall is also one of the most affluent places in the region. Its great selection of shops, ranging from designer wear to delis, bars, restaurants and other attractions reflect this, of course.

History lessons
The manor of Bramall dates from the Saxon period, when it was held as two separate estates by two Saxon freemen, Brun and Hacun. In 1070 the manor of "Bramale" was given to Hamon de Massey, who eventually became the first Baron of Dunham Massey. The earliest reference to Bramall was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Bramale", a name derived from the Old English words brom meaning broom, a plant indigenous to the area and halh meaning nook or secret place, probably by water.


Bramhall people
Most Haunteds Yvette Fielding was raised here, actor Peter Barkworth, Wendy Hillier, Peter Butterworth, Sarah Harding, George Best, Brian Trueman, Mark Hadfield and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, all have connections with the area too.

Hall or nothing
Bramhall Hall is arguably the most famous landmark here and what a magnificent building. The timber framed structure has parts dating back to the 14th century, though later additions were added in the 16th and 19th centuries. It is part museum set in 70 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland. Initially the hall was held by the Masseys then from the late 14th century was owned by the Davenport family, who remained lords of the manor for 500 years, until the Nevill family took over. Now it is owned by Stockport Borough Council who describe it as "the most prestigious and historically significant building in the Conservation Area".

What to do
Bramhall is a great place to stroll around, shop a little, maybe try out a homeopathic treatment then have lunch or dinner in one of its restaurants. The residents of this village have their work-life infrastructure exactly right. There are two golf courses and three tennis centres. Well clearly, these are the things that make people that little bit
more sociable!

Bramhall information

Most noted for:
Being the fourth most expensive place to buy a house in Greater Manchester

Grand designs
The glorious 14th century Bramall Hall set within 70 acres of parkland.

While youre here
Go shopping. Youll be surprised just how designer savvy this small village actually is!

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