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[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"BRAMPTON, a parish in the hundred of Leightonstone, in the county of Huntingdon, 1 mile to the west of Huntingdon, its post town. It lies on the west side of the river Ouse. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £160, in the patronage of the Bishop of Ely. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. It is partly in the perpendicular style of architecture, and has a beautiful porch on the south side. It contains a monument to Sir John Barnard, Bart., of Brampton Park, who died in 1679.

The charitable endowments of the parish are worth £16 a year. Brampton was the birthplace (1632) of Samuel Pepys, author of the well-known "Diary." He filled the office of Secretary to the Admiralty, and was elected President of the Royal Society in 1684. Brampton Park is the seat of Lady Olivia B. Sparrow. The mansion was rebuilt in 1820, and contains several interesting portraits of the St. John family."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson 2010




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