Bramdean means "the valley where brooms grow" - broom being the gorse bush originally prevalent in the valley that carries a yellow flower. There was a Roman villa near the village, excavated in 1824. The name goes back to 923. It is close to Hinton Ampner. There is a Church in the Woods which was built in 1883 for Gypsies who used to camp in the local woods. It is built of corrugated iron and took five days to build.
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