In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bracknell like this:
BRACKNELL, a village, a chapelry, and a subdistrict, in the district of Easthampstead, Berks. The village stands adjacent to the Southwestern railway, 3 miles W of Ascot racecourse, and 4 E of Wokingham. It has a station on the railway, and a post office, of the name of Bracknell, Berkshire; and is a polling-place. ...
Fairs are held at it on 25 April, 22 Aug., and 1 Oct. It consists of one fine, long, open street; and there are several large mansions in its neighbourhood. The chapelry includes the village; is in the parishes of Warfield and Winkfield; and was constituted in 1851. Pop., 1,007. Houses, 202. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £65. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church is a graceful structure of 1851, in the early English style. There are an Independent chapel, a literary institute. and national schools.-The subdistrict contains five parishes. Acres, 20,614. Pop., 6,165. Houses, 1,203.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bracknell, in Bracknell Forest and Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th April 2017
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