There has been a church there since Saxon times, although the present building dates from the mid 19th century, except for the lower portions of the Tudor tower. The site was originally a village cum small town in the civil parish of Warfield in the Easthampstead Rural District. The location was preferred to White Waltham, which was also considered, because the Bracknell site avoided encroaching on good quality agricultural land.It also had the additional advantage of being on a railway line.The residential streets are, however, named in alphabetical order in Great Hollands and Wildridings, with As, through Ds, such as Donnybrook, in Hanworth, Js, such as 'Jameston', 'Juniper' and 'Jevington' in Birch Hill.
The name Bracknell is first recorded in a Winkfield Boundary Charter of AD 942 as Braccan heal, and may mean "Nook of land belonging to a man called Bracca", from the Old English Braccan (genitive singular of a personal name) heal, healh (a corner, nook or secret place).Designs and plans were submitted and rejected first time round.The council went for a second attempt and were accepted, work was due to commence early in 2008 but due to the global credit crises plans have been postponed. It is hoped that the regeneration will provide brand new services, a completely redeveloped town centre, 1,000 new homes and new police and bus stations.At the heart of most Bracknell neighbourhoods is a church, a small parade of shops, a primary school, a community centre and a pub.The neighbourhoods varied in population from 3,000 to 9,000.