Visit Brackley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Brackley, Northamptonshire. Negotiations on the Magna Carta took place at Brackley Castle (no longer in existence) in 1215. It is a charming, residential town which was once a large wool centre. Its wide main street, over a mile long, is flanked by trees and there are good parking facilities. It is dominated by the 18th-century Town Hall which was built by the Duke of Bridgewater and has high roofs and a cupola. The streets running off the main one are very narrow, with old cottages. The oldest building is the Hospital of St James and St John, a monastery that became a school at the time of the Dissolution and it is still used for the same purpose. It is known as Magdalen College School, because in the 15th century the Oxford college of that name purchased it and when the Plague raged its Fellows took refuge there. It has one of the oldest school chapels in the country, for although greatly restored it still retains many original features, with a Norman doorway and Norman font and a l3th-century tower.
Nearby is the manor house, also a school, with the old manor cottage adjoining it. There are several old inns, one of interest being the Plough, with its circular brick wall and large archway leading to what were once the stables. The Fire Station is Victorian and the long row of old almshouses has recently been modernized. On the outskirts are modern buildings and industries as well as the Brackley Saw Mills.
St Peter's Church is behind the main street. It has a l3th-century tower, the west front of which is enriched by arcades and corbels and a tiny lancet window, it has a Norman south doorway and has been much restored, but the spacious crypt has 700-year-old vaulting and over the west door are worn statues of St Peter and St Hugh. The windows are very fine and there are several monuments.
The National Trust Park covers three acres, a public park as well as a children's playground. From it can be seen fine views of the Ouse Valley.
Nearby towns: Banbury, Bicester, Buckingham, Towcester
Nearby villages: Biddlesden, Brackley Hatch, Cottisford, Evenley, Helmdon, Mixbury, Radstone, Silverstone, Westbury
Have you decided to visit Brackley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Brackley bed and breakfast (a Brackley B&B or Brackley b and b)
- a Brackley guesthouse
- a Brackley hotel (or motel)
- a Brackley self-catering establishment, or
- other Brackley accommodation