With a population of around 9000 people, the village of Binfield is a small Berkshire parish occupying land between Warfield, Shurlock Row, Bracknell and Wokingham. A part of the Bracknell Forest District Council, it is classed as an urban town but enjoys a rural feel with plenty of its own facilities yet enjoying easy access to some great transport links.
In the latest in our series of Thames Valley Area Guides, we take a closer look at the parish of Binfield including some historic information, facts and figures as well as offering our suggestions on the best the village has to offer.
Binfield: A Snapshot
The history of the village of Binfield dates back to the 14th century when the area formed part of the royal hunting grounds of the Old Windsor Forest. The parish’s oldest pub is though to have been the headquarters for the Royal gamekeepers and marked the centre of the hunting grounds. Certainly the building was used for lodging royal guests as well as harbouring parliamentarian soldiers during the civil war.
As the surrounding woodland was cleared after the Enclosure Act of 1813, the village grew around local farms with agricultural workers and landowners settling in the area. Private dwellings and small communities grew around the existing landmarks of Binfield Manor (built in 1754), All Saints Church (7th and mid-19th century) and Binfield House (built in 1776).
As well as agriculture, the area was once known for its brickmaking with the Brick & Tile Works once occupying the site of the John Nike Leisure Centre. It was from this venue that bricks were used to build the Royal Albert Hall.
For a small parish, Binfield has plenty of great facilities including a community social club (Binfield Club) local post office, bakery, village shop and pharmacy. You can also find a local Co-Op, Chinese takeaway, barbers and hair salon, florist, fish & chip shop, coffee shop, boutique charity shop and nail and beauty parlour.
Binfield: The Detail
Situated to the north east of Wokingham and the north west of Bracknell, the boundaries of Binfield village have slowly become blurred over the years. Once enjoying rural isolation, the area actually extends far beyond the central village which most people associate with this small parish. Stretching north to the M4 at Shurlock Row and south, beyond the A329 to Peacock’s Farm and the new Jennett’s Park development, Binfield effectively joins the two towns of Bracknell and Wokingham, east to west.
Enjoying the same great transports links as its neighbours, the village is well located for access to the M4, M3 and M25 as well as the A30. It is a popular commuter town for Bracknell, Reading and London as well as Windsor, Staines and Slough.
Both Bracknell and Wokingham have great rail links, both being situated on the Reading-Waterloo line with the latter also offering direct access to Gatwick and Guildford.
Demographics of Binfield
Binfield actually shares a ward with Warfield and the census data and statistics are shared across both parishes.
- 22% of the population are aged under 17, 63% are aged between 18 and 64 with the remaining 15% being of retirement age.
- The ethnic diversity of Binfield is predominantly white (88%)
- The unemployment and long-term unemployment rates are below the mean average for the district.
- 10.2% of the residents have no qualifications.
- 58% of the population are in very good health, 31.8% in good health, 7.8% in fair health, 1.9% in bad health and 0.5% in very bad health.
Of the 18 wards which make up Bracknell Forest, Binfield with Warfield have the 15th most deprived population with 7.2% of children at risk of living in poverty. This is lower than the overall average of 11.7% for the district.
Binfield has no secondary schools of its own but does have a primary school which feeds students into either St Crispin’s in Wokingham or one of the schools in Bracknell like Garth Hill, Brackenhale or Easthampstead Park.
The Binfield Church of England Primary School was last inspected by Oftsed in 2018 whereupon it received a ‘Good’ rating. The report maintained the previous assessment of ‘Good’ from 2013 with the report demonstrating positive developments in leadership and management, safety, behaviour and quality of teaching. The school has a positive spirit and a strong ethos ‘to make learning utterly irresistible for all pupils and staff’.
The village also has a pre-school and an independent day school, the Seventh Day Adventist Newbold School for ages 2-11.
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Binfield is home to a fine dining Indian & Bangladeshi restaurant, the Daruchini Brasserie. A newly opened establishment, the restaurant is situated on St. Mark’s Road and has been receiving some excellent reviews. Running a takeaway service and a Sunday buffet, the menu covers some well-known and popular dishes as well as some speciality chef’s recommendations and Bangladeshi specials.
…getting a pint.
You are spoiled for choice in the small village of Binfield with some excellent traditional English pubs in the immediate vicinity. There are three good pubs in Binfield:
The Jack O’Newbury is a Freehouse and is well-known in the area for its excellent range of real ales. It is a popular pub in the summer with a large beer garden in addition to its indoor skittle alley, great menu and friendly welcome. In winter months, a real open fire is yet another temptation to stop in for a cosy evening.
The Victoria Arms can offer you more of the same with a lovely traditional interior complete with log fire, well kept gardens and a nice selection of ales and food. At present, the pub is part of the Fullers Brewery but the place has a homely feel to it with lots of personal touches. Fleeces are on hand for customers to use if they get chilly sitting outside in the evenings and dog biscuits are given out for ‘well-behaved owners’. There is always a good social scene here and you can find live sports as well as quiz nights and other community events.
Located between Binfield and Warfield, The Stag & Hounds is the oldest pub in Binfield with parts of the historic building dating back to the 14th century. Once used as a hunting lodge for Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, the pub is reportedly the site of the centre of the old Windsor Forest. They have a modern dining menu and excellent choice of beer. It gets very busy in the summer so if you visit on a hot sunny day, be prepared to wait a while.
…a bit of the countryside on your doorstep.
Pope’s Meadow in Binfield is a small area of parkland which offers a little respite for locals. Sized at around 13 acres, this local wildlife site has a toddlers playground, orienteering course and kickabout area. There is a small pond with picnic benches and it is a popular place for cyclists, dog walkers and ramblers (the meadow is part of the wider Bracknell Forest Ramblers Route). Holding a Green Flag award, Pope’s Meadow is named after one time resident of the adjoining manor the 18th century poet, Alexander Pope.
…Some Alpine Fun.
Binfield is home to one of Bracknell’s most popular leisure venues, the John Nike Leisuresport Complex. The home venue for the Bracknell Bees Ice Hockey Team, the facility incorporates a Permasnow ski-slope, ice-skating rink, hotel, spa and nightclub.
Not only can you enjoy skiing, snow-boarding and skating but snow-tubing as well. The Alpine Lodge Bar and Restaurant is a great place to recover from an exhilarating experience whilst you watch others on the slopes.
Housing in Binfield
According to data recorded by the Land Registry, the average house price in Binfield is currently £462,959 which is broken down as follows:
- Terraced houses – £425,064
- Semi-detached houses – £488,049
- Detached houses – £645,541
The average price of a residential property in Binfield is similar to Warfield (£462,959) and Wokingham (£473,331) but more expensive than Bracknell (£350,905).
Year on year, house prices in Binfield have risen by 4% and 17% versus 2015.
Building stock in Binfield ranges from period properties to modern homes, however there is predominantly a large supply of family-sized houses as opposed to starter homes.
Almost 50% of the total 3625 dwellings in Binfield with Warfield are detached.
If you are considering a move to the Binfield area and would like to know more about local amenities, house prices or anything else that might affect a relocation then we’d love to help. Property Assistant Wokingham is a local estate agent offering a range of personal but professional services designed to make your next house move an easy one. Contact us today on 0118 912 2370 to discuss your plans.
Featured image via Geograph.