A warm welcome to All Saints' Church in the parish of Braunston, Northamptonshire. Although close to Daventry we are very much a village church but one which has always extended a welcome to visitors and especially to those who come to us from the canals. The spire on the church building is a landmark from both road and waterways and attracts many visitors.
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The canals are no longer used for carrying freight. Today leisure craft dominate the canals and Braunston boasts the busiest flight of locks in the country. Braunston has a thriving marina and there is a Boat Show held here at the end of May each year.
For the last 150 years or so, the life and blood of Braunston has been the canals. In 1793 an Act was passed to authorise the construction of the Grand Junction Canal from Braunston on the Oxford Canal to Brentford on the River Thames, just west of London.
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Today the church still provides regular services to the area, and often allows visitors to tour the ancient grounds, on non-service days. Several relics have been kept by the church since its original incarnation, such as:
The canal at Braunston, where the Grand Union and Oxford Canals meet, is the busiest anywhere on the British canal network. Despite its splendid rural setting, there is a wealth of amenities available here both at Braunston Marina and at the pretty village of Braunston two minutes away on the hill above the junction. A great place to spot narrowboats and stretch your legs!
Getting hereLocated off the A45 between Rugby and Daventry in Northamptonshire, Braunston is easily accessible by road, please try our UK Travel Guide for further information. The nearest railway station is at Rugby, approximately 8 miles.
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All Saints’ has a vacancy for a part-time Parish Nurse to work with us for the community of Braunston.
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Braunston Marina would like to thank everyone that attended the 2016 Historic Boat Rally. Credit to David Johns for creating this clip capturing the days highlights and including a short interview with Tim Coghlan.
The main village of Braunston is situated on a hill above the road and the canals, and formerly had a windmill, the building of which still stands but without any sails. The village contains several pubs (The Boathouse, The Admiral Nelson, The Plough, and The Wheatsheaf), a selection of shops, a fish and chip shop, and a primary school. The Braunston Manor Hotel has now closed and the site re-used for a housing development.
Otherwise known as the "Cathedral of the Canals", it has existed since the early 13th century. However, the land on which is stands has been sacred for longer still, as it was used as an ancient tumulus for the local farmsteads as early as the 10th century, although little evidence to this time is available.
Located off the A45 between Rugby and Daventry in rural Northamptonshire, at the junction of the Oxford and Grand Union Canals, the historic village of Braunston has always been a focal point on the Midlands canal network.
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Nearby is the small hamlet of Little Braunston. Also close to the village are the three lost settlements of Braunston Cleves or Fawcliff, Braunstonbury and Wolfhampcote.
The village, on the hill above the canal, thrived for over 150 years on the canal trade - carrying goods from the Midlands to London. Now it is a centre for leisure activities and boasts by far and away the busiest stretch of canal anywhere in the country.
Saturday is Show day. Entries can be brought along from 8am and/or visit the Village Hall to see the amazing exhibits, at 2pm.
Although the original Norman structure was nearly demolished when the site was polluted by several murders in 1290, the church was later rebuilt in the 14th century. The second incarnation of the church served the area for over 400 years, until the site was demolished, with authority from Rev. Alfred Butler Clough in 1848, due to dilapidation of the structure.
The canal alongside Braunston is a junction between the Oxford Canal and the Grand Union Canal, which was once an important part of the national transport system. Many former boating families have links to Braunston, the churchyard in the village having many graves of boatmen and women.
Bring a picnic, there are tables outside the Stop House and a lovely small garden area
Braunston is a village and civil parish in the county of Northamptonshire, England. It has a population of 1,759 (2011 census). Braunston is situated just off the A45 main road and lies between the towns of Rugby and Daventry.
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Wolfhampcote and St Peter's Church - now only open for very special occasions, the church is one of the few remaining buildings of the medieval village of Wolfhampcote, located just across the canal and the main A45 from Braunston - http://www.bigfarm.co.uk/wolfhampcote.htm for more information.
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The canal is a green ribbon running south of the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand
All Saints' Church Braunston has overlooked the village and the villagers for over 10 centuries and the canals and the boat people for over 300 years.
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Braunston C.E. Primary School is located in the middle of the village. It is a one form entry school. It has one class for each age group from Reception to Year 6, with the capacity for 30 children in each class. The curriculum is divided up into stages according to age: Foundation Stage – The Reception Class, Key Stage 1 - Years 1 and 2, Key Stage 2 - Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
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The village thrived for over 150 years on the canal trade - carrying goods from the Midlands to London. Now it is a centre for leisure activities and boasts by far and away the busiest stretch of canal anywhere in the country.
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The main village of Braunston is situated on a hill above the road and the canals. Despite its small size, Braunston was once served by two railway stations, both of which are now closed. There are several thatched cottages along the village main street, along with the Old Plough and the Wheatsheaf pubs, an excellent fish and chip shop, a butchers, general store and post office.
London Road, Daventry, Braunston, NN11 7HB 01788 891734 Boathouse.Braunston@marstons.co.uk