Stoke Bruerne

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The church tower on the hill is a prominent landmark on the approach to the village, which is situated on the Grand Union canal, and is about midway between Northampton and Milton Keynes.  Mention Stoke Bruerne and we immediately think of the canal with its series of 7 locks raising its waters, until they vanish into the Blisworth Tunnel almost 2 miles long.

Where once the village and surrounding area relied on agriculture, and the Duke of Grafton for its livelihood, the canal now dominates.  It has become a very popular tourist attraction with its Waterways Museum, and associated plethora of eating and drinking establishments alongside.  A marble memorial in the church yard carries the name of a nurse Sister Elsie Bull who gave her life during the First World War.  She was the daughter of a coachman of the village, who died caring for victims of trench warfare.

Just to the south of the village stands Stoke Park Pavilions.  These are the remains of the once great house, built by Inigo Jones in the 1630ís for Sir Francis Crane, who introduced tapestry-making into England. 

 

Useful Information:

Canal Museum: Address; Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SE.
Telephone: 01604 862229, Fax 01604 864199
Web: www.thewaterwaystrust.co.uk.  Email; alison.smith@thewaterwaystrust.co.uk

The Boat Inn: Telephone 01604 862428, fax 01604 864314
Web: www.boatinn.co.uk.  Email; enquiries@boatinn.co.uk

B&B Mrs Blagrove, Wharf Cottage, Canalside, telephone 01604 862174

B&B Waterways Cottage, Bridge Road telephone 01604 863865

B&B at Stonehouse with Peter Curran; http://www.pacecurran.btinternet.co.uk

Visit the Village's website for more local information, www.btinternet.com/~tonypickford/gg/stbru.html