Silverstone is a village and civil parish
, England. It is about from Towcester
on the former A43
main road, from the M1 motorway
junction 15A and about from the M40 motorway
junction 10, Northampton
, Milton Keynes
. The population of the civil parish at the 2011 census was 2,176. The A43 now bypasses to the south-east of the village.
The Silverstone Circuit
, the current home of the British Grand Prix
, is located nearby; it straddles the Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire
The village is listed in the Domesday Book
Silverstone had a chapel by AD 1200.
In about 1780 the medieval building was replaced by a Georgian
one, which was enlarged by the addition of a chancel
in 1841 and a north aisle
[ The entire church was demolished] [ in the 1880s and replaced by the present Church of England parish church of Saint Michael, which is a Gothic Revival building designed by JP St Aubyn and completed in 1884.] [Pevsner & Cherry, 1973, page 404]
On the north side of the parish churchyard are the remains of medieval fish ponds.
The village has one public house: the White Horse Inn.
About south of the village is the Silverstone Circuit, a former Royal Air Force World War II bomber base and now the traditional home of the British Grand Prix, a Formula One race that attracts more than 300,000 visitors each year.
Silverstone University Technical College opened at the circuit in September 2013.
Adjacent to Silverstone Circuit is Silverstone Park, a business park operated by MEPC plc, with a focus on engineering and high-tech activities. The site is home to over 80 organisations, including Envision Virgin Racing, David Brown Automotive, Delta Motorsport, Ducati UK Ltd, National College for Motorsport, Danecca Limited and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. It also features the UK's only dedicated sub-contract inspection metrology facility, managed by Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, a technical partner to Red Bull Formula 1.
In the Middle Ages, the village trade was primarily in timber from the surrounding Whittlewood forest through the use of coppicing. Linnell Brothers still operate a woodyard to this day.
Category:Villages in Northamptonshire
Category:Civil parishes in Northamptonshire
Category:West Northamptonshire District