WHITTLEBURY is situated on the A413 approximately 4 miles south of the small historic town of Towcester and 7 miles north of Buckingham. M1 Junction 15A is some 10 miles distant with access to the M40 Junction 10 at Brackley and Junction 11 at Banbury. The village comprises mainly period properties and good quality modern homes. There is a public house. The Church is Church of England; the nearest Roman Catholic and Baptist churches are at Towcester. There is a primary school in the village. State secondary education is available at Sponne School, Towcester. Leisure facilities include golf in the village and at nearby Silverstone, motor racing at Silverstone, horse racing at Towcester, leisure centre at Towcester. Towcester offers day to day shopping facilities whilst Milton Keynes, some 10 miles to the south, has one of the largest shopping complexes in Europe. There is a good, fast rail service from Milton Keynes to London Euston (40 minutes) and the A43 road gives easy access to the major road network.
Little is known of Whittlebury's pre-historic past. However, in May 2000, an Iron Age hillfort was discovered in the vicinity of St Mary's church and churchyard. Archaeology also reveals evidence of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupation of Whittlebury; the latter period documented in historical records.
Throughout the Middle Ages and up until the early 19th Century Whittlebury's development was interlinked with the Whittlewood Forest of which it was a part and the Honour of Grafton. Whittlebury was part of the FitzRoy estate and the 3rd Baron Southampton developed Whittlebury Lodge. Whittlebury was very much a 'gentry village' and hunting was a significant activity. The village was associated with the Grafton Hunt, the Duke of Grafton having a seat at nearby Wakefield Lodge. In the 18th Century John Wesley was a regular visitor to Whittlebury, describing the village in 1781 as, "This is still the loveliest congregation as well as the liveliest society in the circuit."
Golf Facilities & Golf Course Information
Adjacent to Whittlebury Hall is Whittlebury Park Golf Club. Independently owned and operated, there are 36 holes to challenge every level of handicap. Whittlebury Park Golf Club features:
9-hole Championship Royal Whittlewood Course
9-hole Championship Grand Prix Course
9-hole Championship 1905 Course
9-hole Wedgewood Course
18-hole par 72 Championship Golf Course (Grand Prix & 1905)
Indoor golfing centre (only one in the UK)
Two-tier driving range