Silverstone

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Coordinates: 52°05′24″N 1°01′26″W / 52.090°N 1.024°W / 52.090; -1.024

Silverstone
Silverstone is located in Northamptonshire
Silverstone
 Silverstone shown within Northamptonshire
Population 1,989 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP670440
Civil parish Silverstone
District South Northamptonshire
Shire county Northamptonshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Towcester
Postcode district NN12
Dialling code 01327
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Northamptonshire South
Website Silverstone Village
List of places
UK
England
Northamptonshire

Silverstone is a village and civil parish in Northamptonshire, England. It is about 4 miles (6.4 km) from Towcester on the former A43 main road, 10 miles (16 km) from the M1 motorway junction 15A and about 12 miles (19 km) from the M40 motorway junction 10, Northampton, Milton Keynes and Banbury. The A43 now bypasses to the south-east of the village, between the village and the race circuit.

History[change | change source]

The village is listed in the Domesday Book.

In the Middle Ages the village trade was primarily in timber from the surrounding Whittlewood forest, through the use of coppicing. Coppicing is a method of managing a forest. It allows trees to regrow after they have been cut down.

Parish church[change | change source]

St. Michael's church

The first chapel in Silverstone was built by 1200 AD.[2] In about 1780 the mediaeval building was replaced by a Georgian building. That building was enlarged in 1841 and 1852.[2] The entire church was demolished (torn down)[2] in the 1880's and replaced by the present Church of England parish church of Saint Michael. The building is a Gothic Revival designed by JP St Aubyn. It was finished in 1884.[3]

Facilities[change | change source]

The village has a public house, the White Horse Inn.

About 0.5 miles (1 km) south of the village is the Silverstone Circuit. It was a Royal Air Force bomber base during World War II. Now it is the home of the British Grand Prix, a Formula One race. The race track attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year.

References[change | change source]

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget (1973). The Buildings of England: Northamptonshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 404.

Other websites[change | change source]