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Brixworth is a large village and civil parish in the Daventry districtmarker of the county of Northamptonshiremarker in Englandmarker. In 2001 it had a population of 5,162. The village is particularly notable for All Saints' Church, Brixworthmarker, its historic early English church.
All Saints' Church, Brixworth, showing Anglo-Saxon work and spire (Hi-res)


Location

The village is about north of Northamptonmarker next to the A508 road, now by-passed, and about south of Market Harboroughmarker. Appx north of the village there is a junction with the A14 road which runs from the M1 and M6 motorway interchange at Catthorpemarker east to Cambridgemarker and the east coast port of Felixstowemarker. The village is popular with commuters to Leicestermarker, Peterboroughmarker, Birminghammarker and Londonmarker. The nearest railway stations for London are at Northampton, for Eustonmarker, and Kettering for St Pancrasmarker.

Features

Just east of the village are the large Pitsford Reservoirmarker, Brampton Valley Waymarker, and Northampton & Lamport Railwaymarker.

The village has one of the oldest, largest and most complete Saxon churches in the country: All Saints' churchmarker, founded circa 680 AD and described by many experts as "The finest Saxon church north of the Alps". There is another Saxon church nearby at Earls Bartonmarker, east of Northampton.

The area around Brixworth once had a large ironstone quarrying industry, and several industrial railways existed in the area to serve it. Today, the rural nature of Brixworth conceals world-class engineering: many Indianapolismarker and Formula One championships have been won with racing engines built barely 800 yards from the ancient Saxon church: in fact, part of its tower masonry is held safe by an advanced steel tension bar designed and donated by ILMOR Engines, who also sponsor many other clubs and associations in the village. The ILMOR 'factory ' filters the noise and heat of the engines under test through large water tanks, both to reduce the noise and to heat the factory.

Brixworth has a local football team called Brixworth Juniors Football Club, which encourages children of all ages throughout the community to be active and play sport. It has produced many successful footballers, including Northampton Town Football Club's Liam Dolman.

There is a free village newspaper, the Brixworth Bulletin.

A small retail park includes "The Brixworth Fish Bar; Lovells Hardware; Co-op Store; Co-op Pharmacy; Post Office; and K F Troop & Son, Fruiterers, Lake House Bed & Breakfast (4*).

Wind Farm

In 2008 the Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines (HTP) premises in Brixworth planned to build two high wind turbines - two-thirds the height of the London Post Office Towermarker. Lancaster-based Wind Direct has submitted a planning application to Daventry District Council to install the two turbines and Mercedes-Benz HTP plans to use 92 per cent of the electricity generated, with the rest being exported to the National Grid. The plans are controversial with widespread opposition from some, but not all local residents. The size of the installations would affect the setting of Brixworth's historic church and nearby Cottesbrooke Hallmarker. The location of the wind farm is shown in the Brixworth Bulletin issue 18, September 2008 (see link above).

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