Bramdean Common

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Coordinates: 51°03′32″N 1°05′56″W / 51.059°N 1.099°W / 51.059; -1.099

The gypsy church of 1883

Bramdean Common is near Winchester, Hampshire, England.[1][2]

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.

It was here in 1993 that the Dongas road protest group moved after being driven from Twyford Down by bulldozers.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 185 Winchester & Basingstoke (Andover & Romsey) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2013. ISBN 9780319228845.
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.