Bramham (or more properly Bramham cum Oglethorpe) is located four miles south of Wetherby, midway between Leeds and York. It is a picturesque and peaceful village, with an active community of some 1,700 residents.
Bramham’s long and rich history dates back to the Romans, and is marked by its location at the crossing point between the east-west Roman road from York through Tadcaster to Ilkley and the north-south Great North Road, now the A1. The importance of the manor of Bramham is recorded in the Domesday Survey (1086).
Today, Bramham is a modern village within the metropolitan district of Leeds and has a very active and lively community. This is well demonstrated by the existence of a wide range of committees, clubs and groups, organising events and activities for people of all ages, as well as maintaining important facilities and services that benefit residents.
Bramham has a Parish Council, with nine Councillors, elected every four years, who aim to ensure that the village continues to be an attractive and safe place in which to live.
The village retains very close ties with the Lane Fox family (descendents of Robert Benson, first Lord Bingley), owners of the nearby Bramham Park estate. Bramham Park is not only home to a fine, Baroque country house and splendid gardens, both open to the public during the summer months, but also known for hosting an international three day equestrian event (Bramham Horse Trials), and more recently as the site of the Leeds Festival. Currently, residents of Bramham are given free tickets for the latter in return for making a small financial contribution to the Bramham Community Fund.