Secret Bracknell Paperback / softback
by Marion Field
Part of the Secret series
Bracknell was developed as a `new town' in 1949, but the area had been evolving since Saxon times.
A royal charter from AD 942 mentions `Bracken Head' and a local comprehensive school still bears the name `Brackenhale'.
It was a popular hunting ground for kings and queens and it was here that the widowed Catherine of Aragon became friendly with the newly crowned Henry VIII and secretly married him.
Bull-baiting and cock fighting were popular until 1835, when both were banned.
Subsequently a pub in the high street bears the name `The Bull'.
In the eighteenth century, highwaymen and street gangs flourished and stories of their exploits abound.
Secret Bracknell will incorporate many of the little-known stories of royal visitors, highwaymen, murders, ghosts and other incidents hidden beneath the `new town'.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages, 100 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/07/2016
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781445651422
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