- Stoke Bruerne
Infobox UK place
country = England
official_name = Stoke Bruerne
latitude = 52.14241
longitude = -0.91569
civil_parish = Stoke Bruerne
population = 395 (2001 Census)
london_distance = convert|64|mi|km|0
region = East Midlands
constituency_westminster = Northampton South
post_town = Towcester
postcode_district = NN12
postcode_area = NN
dial_code = 01604
os_grid_reference = SP7450049500
Stoke Bruerne is a small, pictureque village in South
Northamptonshire, Englandabout convert|10|mi|km|0 north of Milton Keynesand convert|7|mi|km|0 south of Northampton.
There has been a settlement here for many years and the village is mentioned in the
Domesday Bookin 1086 as "Stoche" meaning "an outlying farmstead or hamlet". The form "Stokbruer" is used in 1254 being a suffix by the "Briwere" family of the Manor House. The village is fairly typical for this area of south Northamptonshire containing many traditional stone and thatchedcottages. The village's main claim to fame is its situation on the Grand Union Canaland thus it is a favourite destination for gongoozlers and tourists. The population is split 196 male and 199 female in 169 households ( 2001 census).
The parish is part of Tove Ward (named after the
River Tove), of South NorthamptonshireCouncil.
The nearby country estate of Stoke Park along
ShutlangerRoad is occasionally open to the public in August, but all that remains of the main house are the two east and west wings known as Stoke Park Pavilions.
The village is home to The Waterways Trust's canal museum (part of the
National Waterways Museum), housed in a restored corn millat the top of a flight of canal locks. The museum vividly tells the story of Britain's inland waterways and the people who worked on them. It provides a fascinating insight into the transport system which was fundamental to the industrial revolutionin Britain. There are working models and 3-D displays including a model of the short-lived inclined-plane mechanical lift at Foxton in Leicestershire.
About half a mile north of the village is the south portal of
Blisworth tunnel- accessible by a walk along the old towpath (on the eastern side of the canal - north of the village, the western side is either private property or inaccessible.) The tunnel is 3,056 yards (2,794 m) long and is one of the longest in the UK.
The museum has a shop and café. Admission to the museum is £4.75 ("
ca."€8) with reduced rates for children, school parties, groups etc. It has a school/activity room available for educational visits. The museum is closed on Mondays in winter.
There are two canalside public houses, 'The Boat Inn', and 'The Navigation', both serving a variety of meals and drinks. There is a restaurant, 'The Locks', various bed and breakfast facilities and tearooms. The village attracts many visitors all year round and especially during the summer months. There are parking restrictions at all times, except for residents, on village roads which are all marked with '
double yellow lines'. There is, however, a pay and displaycar park close to the Museum (charge £2.50, " ca."€4). The parking restrictions are strictly enforced. A variety of boat trips may be booked from the canalside. Most of the time there is plenty of activity on the canal with boats going through the locks regularly and plenty going in and out of the tunnel.
Conservation Area Consultation November 2007
The area of the village and surroundings, including Stoke Park, are currently, 2007/8, the subject of an extensive Conservation Conservation ny South Northants Council [cite web|title = Stoke Bruerne Conservation Area Consultation November 2007 - Main Document.|url = http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/docs/Stoke_Bruerne_Conservation_Plan_CONSULTATION_DRAFT__28.11.07.pdf|accessdate = 2008-03-31] . Extensive additional documentation, including maps, pictures and historical documentation, is avaialable from the South Northants Council's Planning website [cite web|title = Conservation Area Consultation - other documents.|url = http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/library/1146.htm|accessdate = 2008-03-31] .
Many public footpaths cross the area around Stoke Bruene. One such walk-taking in Grafton Regis was the subject of a Daily Telegraph article [cite web|title = Stoke Bruerne and Grafton Regis footpaths|url = http://www.tenfootclub.org.uk/daily_telegraph.htm|accessdate = 2008-06-08] . Other walks in and around Northampton are mentioned in the County Council Right of way site [cite web|title = Northamptonshire Rights of Way|url = http://www.rightsofwaynorthamptonshire.org.uk/|accessdate = 2008-06-08] .
Stoke Bruerne had its own railway station, part of the
Stratford upon Avonand Midland Junction Railway (SMJR) [cite web | title = Stratford upon Avon and Midland Junction Railway|url = http://www.smjr.info | accessdate = 2008-06-19] . This ran close to the village over Blisworth tunnel near the south portal. The former railway station has been converted to a private house and is along the road to Blisworth just outside the village. The line of the railway is still visible and the Blisworth road has a railway bridge still in position near the former station. The railway ran east to join the West Coast Main Lineand then into Bedfordshire.
* [http://www.thewaterwaystrust.org.uk/museums/stoke.shtml Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum]
* [http://www.williampipernarrowboats.com William Piper Narrowboats]
* [http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=Stoke+Bruerne&sll=51.490736,-0.609362&sspn=0.036608,0.079823&ie=UTF8&z=13&iwloc=addr&om=1 Location on Google maps]
* [http://www.rookeryopenfarm.co.uk Rookery Farm - a commercial farm open to the public in Rookery Lane in the village]
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