Sevenoaks - Brasted

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Brasted is a village and civil parish in the Sevenoaks District of Kent, England.

The parish is located to the west of Sevenoaks town.

The parish includes the settlements of Brasted Chart and Toys Hill, and had a population of 1321 persons (2001 census). The single slightly winding street of the village has a number of 18th-century houses, and several antique shops.

The parish church is dedicated to St Martin.

The name is recorded as Briestede in 1086 and as Bradestede around 1100; it is from Old English brad + stede and means 'broad place'.

Interesting fact:the A25, which was the main route through the Holmesdale Valley before the M25 was built. It is still a very busy road and, in response to public demand, Brasted was made the guinea-pig for a pilot traffic-calming scheme introduced into this country from Denmark. It incorporated a series of traffic islands and chicanes which did, indeed, slow the traffic, but to such an extent that villagers' voices were again raised in protest at the long tailbacks it caused.