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Brackley is a market town and civil parish in West Northamptonshire, England, bordering Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It is 19 miles (31 kilometers) from Oxford and 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Northampton. Historically a market town based on the wool and lace trade, it was built on the crossroads of trade routes connecting London, Birmingham, the Midlands, Cambridge, and Oxford. Brackley is near Silverstone and the home of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.



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    HISTORY

    The name ‘Brackley’ appears for the first time in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Brachelai. In the Pipe Rolls, it appears as Brackelea in 1173 and as Brackeley in 1230. The name translates as ‘Bracca’s glade or clearing.’ Earl Alberic held Brackley in 1086, after which it passed to the Earl of Leicester and the families of De Quincy and Roland.

    Brackley was in the Hundred of Odboldistow and the Manor of Halse in the 11th and 12th centuries. Richard I (The Lionheart) designated five official locations for jousting tournaments in order to prevent such events from being used as local wars, and Brackley was one of them. The tournament is thought to have taken place to the south of the castle, where the A422 now runs.

    In 1215, the year of Magna Carta, the town hosted an important meeting between the barons and representatives of the King. Magna Carta required King John to proclaim rights, uphold laws, and accept that the King’s wishes were subject to the rule of law. It expressly protected certain rights of the King’s subjects, whether freemen, serfs, slaves, or prisoners, most notably the right to appeal unlawful imprisonment. King John and the barons were supposed to sign Magna Carta at Brackley Castle, but instead did so at Runnymede.

    Until 1218, market day was held on Sundays, but it was moved to Wednesdays.

    On Friday mornings, it is now.

    The Tudor antiquary John Leland visited Brackley and learned that ‘a Lord of the Towne’ named Neville had murdered the parish vicar (at an unknown point in the past). This he accomplished by having the man buried alive. Daniel Codd, a writer, observed that in the grounds of St Peter’s Church, a human-shaped stone effigy is sometimes mentioned as being associated with the event.

    Elizabeth I incorporated the town in 1597. It was governed by a mayor, six aldermen, and 26 burgesses.

    John Donne, a metaphysical poet, was elected as a Member of Parliament for the Brackley constituency in 1602.

    Brackley was once known for its wool and lace production.

    In the 18th century, it had 20 houses.

    The town had a population of 2,467 in 1901.

    Brackley Poor Law Union
    Brackley used the poor house at Culworth until 1834, when Parliament passed the Poor Law Amendment Act, which resulted in the formation of the Brackley Poor Law Union.
    In 1836, a workhouse for 250 people was built on Banbury Road, southwest of town. In the 1930s, it was demolished.

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