15 Facts About Brackley


Brackley is a market town and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, England, bordering Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, 19 miles from Oxford and 22 miles from Northampton.

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Brackley is close to Silverstone and home to the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

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Place-name 'Brackley' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Brachelai.

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Brackley was held in 1086 by Earl Alberic, after which it passed to the Earl of Leicester, and to the families of De Quincy and Roland.

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Brackley used the poor house at Culworth until 1834, when Parliament passed the Poor Law Amendment Act and as a result Brackley Poor Law Union was founded.

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Brackley made the former hospital part of their property and by 1548 it was Magdalen College School, Brackley.

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Brackley Manor House was a 17th-century Jacobean building that originally had one storey plus attic dormers.

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Brackley is close to the A43 road, which now bypasses the town, linking it to Towcester and Northampton to the north-east and the M40 motorway to the west.

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Brackley had two railway stations but these were closed in the 1960s.

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Brackley is near the Silverstone motor racing circuit, and has some industry related to Formula One racing, notably Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team which is based in the town, and the Force India F1 team which operates a wind tunnel on the former site of the north railway station.

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Brackley has four primary schools: Bracken Leas, Southfield Primary Academy, The Radstone Primary School and Brackley Junior School.

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Magdalen College School, Brackley is the comprehensive secondary school for the town and surrounding villages.

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Brackley Athletic Football Club is a junior football club affiliated with the Northamptonshire Football Association.

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Brackley has a tennis club, a leisure centre and swimming pool, a martial arts academy and a badminton club.

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Brackley is the home of German F1 team Mercedes AMG Petronas having had British team Brawn GP, who were bought out by Mercedes-Benz in 2009.

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