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The History of Brayton
Text extracted from
'Breide-Tun 1030 to Brayton 2000'
compiled by Ron Ellis.

Brayton or 'Breide-tun' was first mentioned in a Saxon time document dated 1030. It was later mentioned as 'Bretone' in the Domesday Book in 1076. By 1775 documents had the name of Brayton entered. 
There is only one Brayton in Britain, with four in the USA and one in Canada. 
From past census figures a large growth can be seen in Brayton:
1801 - 227
1931 - 485
1961 - 1061
1981 - 3380
2004 - 5000 
Part of the explanation may be that we are so close to the market town of Selby, but the building of Eggborough and Drax Power Stations in the 1970's brought many new properties to the area. The Selby Coal Field, approved in 1976, also increased the population.
Proximity to the M62 for travel to Leeds and Hull, and being on the A19 for Doncaster and York all make Brayton an attractive place to live. Over 2000 children attend the four local Primary schools and College in the Parish.

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