The Bramhall Family in England

Taken from “Legacy”, a Brimhall family history by David Jex Brimhall

Bromal (the town), Bromle, Bromale, Bramall, Bramhall, Brimhall

All the same people, but different spelling. They were Saxons who came to Brittany with many of the Tribe of Ephram out of captivity in the land of Assyria where they had been dragged by the conquerors of the Israelites in the Holy Land about 600 BC. From 400 to 500 AD the Saxons and Jutes from Germany with Angles invaded England. In 1066 AD, England was invaded by the Norman’s under William the Conqueror. The Norman’s were a mix of Scandinavian and French descent. The Bramhalls were loyal to the Tudors and were granted use of the Tudor rose in their coat of arms. Over one fireplace in Bramhall Hall is a carved plaque given to Bramhall by Queen Elizabeth I as gratitude for service and loyalty.

Naomi and Janet at Bramhall Hall
Naomi and Janet at Bramhall Hall

It was the de Bromale family, as recorded in the Domesday Boke, survey of 1086, who gave their name to the village of Bromal, situated about 80 miles northwest of London. In 1971 Jex, Janet, and Naomi, went to Europe to visit their second daughter Dee Martin who was living in Switzerland. After two weeks traveling throughout Switzerland, we went by train across France and crossed the English Channel to London. We recalled the Brimhall family history and decided to try to locate Bramhall Hall. We all felt that we were receiving guidance because wherevei we went we found success and help. We went by train from London to Manchester. Bramhall Hall is located about 8 miles south of Manchester and is a part of Cheshire and Stockport. We located a book store in Manchester from which we purchased a booklet on Bramhall Hall. The next day we went from Manchester by train to Stockport and by taxi to Bramhall Hall.

In 1085 the Bramhall family owned two large manors on which resided several hundred laborers, presumably all related to the family. Remember, this was the time of the “Dark Ages.” The following quotation is taken from William Smith’s ‘Vale Royal.” “By natural situation, Cheshire lieth low and pleasant, abounding in plentiousness of all things needed for man’s use, insomuch that it had the name ‘Vale Royal… The air is wholesome and the people are rarely sick. The people live to be very old. The Bramhall manor houses aboundeth in arable pastures, meadows, woodland water, heath, and mosses. Here the Bramhalls bred cattle and swine, made butter and cheese to sell on the London market. Their cattle are large and fine and their products were in demand. No other part of England can compare in so much goodness. They keep horses, cattle, oxen, swine, sheep, ducks, geese, hens, and bees. They sell and give away much. There is an abundance of wildlife, such as ducks, geese, teal, and many birds. Of fruit they have pears, apples, plums, cherries, and the like. They have salt wells and brine pits.” It is no wonder that the Normans wanted Bramhall Manors.

Much of what the Bramhall’s owned was lost to the Norman Conquest in 1066 AD. About 1160 records show Hamo, a Norman gentleman, granted freedom of person and property to Mathew de Bromale.

Bramhall Hall is of black and white Elizabethan style architecture. In a “History of Cheshire” and in “Mansions of England” Bramhall Hall is described as “long the delight of artists ” and “few of the old halls of England can boast more picturesque beauty than Bramhall Hall.”

The great hall at Bramhall Hall has large windows on three sides with coats of arms of 30 families intermarried with Brimhalls.The windows are of Flemish glass and the coats of arms were painted with fruit juices and vegetable juices. Originally it was one story of one long room with a hole in the center of a dirt floor to be used for fire to heat the room and had movable vents in the roof for smoke to escape. At present it is a two-story many roomed mansion, added to and much lived in by its owners. It is a large U-shaped structure, situated at the top of a gentle slope with what we thought was a lake on which graceful swans were swimming. We learned that it was the Cheadle River, a branch of the Mersey River. At one time Bramhall land covered nearly one-third of England, including Sherwood Forest. It has dwindled over time to over 720 acres and is a nature park.

Many Brimhalls live in Cheshire, Lancashire, and Derbyshire, within 50 miles of Bramhall Hall. There are many male ancestors who were granted knighthood and women with titles of Lady or Dame. Coats of arms were regranted to John Brimhall in 1628 when he was 34 years old and Dean of Ripon College in Yorkshire. John had great influence as a preacher and public man and in 1634 he became Bishop of Deny and went to Ireland where he played a great part in both church and state, becoming Speaker of the Irish House of Lords and in 1661 became Archbishop of Armagh and Lord Primate of all Ireland.

Bramhall Hall, the manor house was sold to Hazel Grove and Bramhall Urban District in 1935 for one and a half million dollars (quite a sum in 1935). It is now a museum and protected under the National Trust of England. It is an outstanding example of Tudor architecture. Its great framework is of solid oak timbers that were hewn by hand with an adze. There is a bell tower topped by a cross, indicating there is a chapel in which services are held on the third Sunday each month. It has pews for seating about 20 people and is still used for weddings, christenings, etc.

Courtyard at Bramhall Hall
Courtyard at Bramhall Hall

28 thoughts on “The Bramhall Family in England”

  1. as a member of the Brammall family in Stockport Cheshire.I was interested to
    read the above.However I was more intrigued by the U.S Brimhills,Mystery of
    Bramhall Family.

  2. Wow this is excellent knowledge. I would love to no more. Im John bramhall so is my father and my grandfather is thomas bramhall. We were all born in sale cheshire, would appreciate if anybody would share more information about my family history.

  3. I am trying to trace my English Brimhall (Bramall/ Bramhall) ancestry farther back than 1670’s. Cornelius Brimhall was the first ancestor of mine listed and he left england in the 1670s from Kent Co. to go to America. I am sure there are records farther back than that as the English are amazing at keeping records.

    I am a US Brimhall. Born and Raised in Utah. Most of my more recent ancestry is in Massachussetts and Utah.

    I am planning on going to England late this year to research anything I can find – if anyone has any email addresses or contacts, I would love them.

    Brigham Brimhall

    1. Hi Brigham, I am also a decedent of Cornelius Bramhall. Cornelius was the son of John Bramhall, who was the son of Peter Bramhall. The only information I have on Peter is that he was born in 1545 in England. Please let me know if you have found more information. Thanks!

    2. Our family goes back to Hamon de Masci, first Baron of Dunham-Massey in 1066. He was a knight of William the Conqueror, and his brother-in-law. Following Hamon back to Normandy we find Yves de Criel, without who’s definance of King Louis IV, there might have never been a William the Conqueror or Norman conquest of england in 1066. Have fun!

  4. Charles E Bramhall
    82 years on March 14, 1932..Lived 80 years in Avon by the Sea, New Jersey and now live in Panama City, FL with my twin sister

    1. Charles E. Bramhall- My name is Ralph Bramble. I lived in Avon-By-the-Sea, NJ. 1981-82 in the Episcopal Church Rectory from 9/81 to June 82. I worked as a Dir. of Development at Central Jersey Christian School, which was housed at Asbury Baptist Church. There was a Mr. Bramhall in that church. Does any of this ring a bell?

  5. It is interesting – to me anyway – that I am also a descendant of William the Conqueror on my grandmother Collett’s side, who married my grandfather, Jesse Brimhall.

  6. I am a Brimhall and my lineage is through Richard Brimhall, son of Vaughn Brimhall, son of Logan Brimhall, son of Norman Brimhall, son of Noah Brimhall, son of Sylvanus Brimhall Jr., son of Sylvanus Brimhall Sr., son of Samuel Bramhall, son of George Bramhall, son of George Bramhall, son of James Bramhall, son of Cornelius Bramhall, son of John Bramhall, son of Peter Bramhall. I wonder if anyone knows the father of Peter Brimhall? The information I have for him is he was born in 1545 in England. Any help would be appreciated.

      1. Jamie, Search in Family Search.org. Our line goes back to Hamon de Masci, first baron of Dunham Massey. He was a knight of William the Conqueror, and his brother-in-law.
        Following Hamon across the English Channel to the medieval town of Criel in Normandy, Wikipedia finds our oldest grand parent Yves de Criel, about the year 900. Without his defiance of King Louis IV there may not have ever been a William the Conqueror or the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

  7. I am a U.S. Bramhall and I am fascinated by the possibility of being related to this famfamily and I would be honored if I am. Ancestry DNA and research in this possibility is something I will be perusing for sure. I Do know that my great grandparents on my mother’s side are from Ireland and my last name is my father’s side so being from the most beautiful part of the world is exciting

  8. Thanks for the info. Would like to communicate with any Bramhalls who are living in England at Manchester/Cheshire. My family connection is with Jonathan Bramhall who came from Cheshire and migrated to the USA,/lived in Maryland and the family migrated to the Appalachians and then Mason County, Kentucky along the Ohio River Valley and then eventually on West.

    1. Juanita My maiden name is Bramhall and I have a letter containing Bramhall history but cannot voutch for the validity of it. Some ancestors did live in Kentucky.

      1. Hello Dixie, Just checking today. Had forgotten I had posted a comment. Decided to dig deeper in Bramhall/Bramel instead of daily check ups on Ancestry.com. Jonathan Bramhall is my beginning grandparent in America from Cheshire England. My ggf Emmitt Washington Bramel married Margret (Maggie) Bramel; so you might say I have a double-Bramel link. so I am interested anything that may find a place in my ancestry. Glad we connected today.

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