Brinkworth, Wiltshire

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

Brinkworth
Brinkworth is located in Wiltshire
Brinkworth
Brinkworth
 Brinkworth shown within Wiltshire
Population 1,300 
OS grid reference SU015845
Unitary authority Wiltshire Council
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHIPPENHAM
Postcode district SN15
Dialling code 01666
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
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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 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 people that have moved into the village call it Brinkworth Brook. The parish of Brinkworth includes the tything of Grittenham, which is a rural community lying to the south of the village of Brinkworth.[1] The village has a primary school, until recently had two public houses, now only one remains open (The Three Crowns) and a church.[2]

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. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parishes - Brinkworth". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "Brinkworth, Wiltshire". Alan Howard. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ Simon Fenwick, ‘Hearne, Thomas (1744–1817)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004

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