Brandon, Warwickshire

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Brandon
Brandon is located in Warwickshire
Brandon
Brandon
 Brandon shown within Warwickshire
Population Approx 500
OS grid reference SP4076
Civil parish Brandon and Bretford
District Rugby
Shire county Warwickshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COVENTRY
Postcode district CV8
Dialling code 024
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Rugby and Kenilworth
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire

Coordinates: 52°23′05″N 1°24′18″W / 52.384651°N 1.404882°W / 52.384651; -1.404882

Brandon is a small village in Warwickshire, England. Along with nearby Bretford, it forms part of a joint civil parish of Brandon and Bretford. Administratively it is part of the borough of Rugby. The River Avon passes just to the east of the village.

Brandon is located upon the A428 road between Coventry, 6 miles (9.5 km) to the west, and Rugby, 7 miles (11 km) to the east.

Brandon is separated from the much larger village of Wolston by a railway viaduct, but the two villages practically form a single entity. The railway viaduct dates from 1837 and was part of the original London and Birmingham Railway. 1.5 miles (2.5 km) west of Brandon is the suburban village of Binley Woods and 2 miles (3 km) to the east is the small village of Bretford.

The village contains a number of old cottages and has a pub near the railway line. Just to the north of the village is Coventry Stadium, used for speedway racing, greyhound racing, and stock car racing. The stadium is home to the Sky Sports Elite League speedway team the Coventry Bees.

West of the village is Brandon Marsh, a 228-acre (0.92 km2) nature reserve with a wide variety of wildlife, especially pondlife. The reserve's visitor centre was opened in 1998 by Sir David Attenborough. Also to the west and north of Brandon Marsh is Brandon wood, a community woodland owned and managed by a local group the Friends Of Brandon Wood. The remains of Brandon Castle are found to the south of the village. The castle was built in the 12th century by Geoffrey de Clinton and fortified by stone a century later.

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