Brinkworth, Wiltshire

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Brinkworth is located in Wiltshire
 Brinkworth shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,282 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU015845
Unitary authority Wiltshire Council
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SN15
Dialling code 01666
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
List of places

Coordinates: 51°33′34″N 1°58′47″W / 51.5594°N 1.97978°W / 51.5594; -1.97978

At one time Brinkworth had a railway station on the Great Western main line, here seen in 1961

Brinkworth, in northern Wiltshire, is the longest village in Britain, at over 6 miles (although the main urban core extends for less than 1 mile). It is roughly equidistant between the towns of Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett and lies less than 1 km north of the M4 motorway.

The Woodbridge Brook, a tributary of the Bristol Avon passes to the north of the village and another tributary of the Avon, the Thunder Brook passes to the south, although some call it Brinkworth Brook.

The civil parish of Brinkworth includes the hamlet of Callow Hill to the east and the tything of Grittenham, a rural community lying to the south of the village of Brinkworth.[2]

An electoral ward of the same name exists. From Brinkworth the ward stretches west to Great Somerford and north west to Crudwell. The total ward population at the 2011 census was 4,483.[3]

The village has a primary school, a public house (The Three Crowns) and a church.[4]

The landscape artist Thomas Hearne moved to Brinkworth aged five. His biographer, Simon Fenwick, suggests that nearby Malmesbury Abbey proved an inspiration to Hearne's later interest in Gothic architecture. [5]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Parishes - Brinkworth". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 11 March 2015". 
  4. ^ "Brinkworth, Wiltshire". Alan Howard. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  5. ^ Simon Fenwick, ‘Hearne, Thomas (1744–1817)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004


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