The village of Silverstone is situated midway between Towcester and Brackley. Road communications are excellent with the A43 providing access to the M40 junction 10 (8 miles). M1 junction 15a is some 9 miles distant. Milton Keynes offers a fast Intercity train service to London Euston (40 minutes). The village has a range of shops catering for day to day needs, with a wider choice at Towcester and Milton Keynes. There is a primary school in the village. State secondary education is available at Sponne School, Towcester. Leisure facilities include golf at Silverstone and Whittlebury, horse racing at Towcester, leisure centre at Towcester. http://silverstonevillage.org
St Michael, Silverstone
Silveston, or Silson, nowadays “Silverstone” was originally “Silva Tone” ie the Wood Town, so called because of its situation in the midst of the forest. It is mentioned in the Domesday of William I, and was often the residence of our early monarchs when enjoying the pleasures of the chase in Whittlewood Forest . In 1274 King Edward I visited Silverstone and the Sheriff was commanded to do the necessary repairs to the King’s house there, without delay before winter.
As early as 1200 a chapel was attached to the royal residence and was served by a chaplain. Later the chapel is referred to as a chapel of ease, 39 feet long by 16 feet broad, to the church at Whittlebury, the Rector of Green’s Norton being the minister and providing for it by a curate. The chapel was replaced in about 1780 by a small church.
Little of the history can be traced. In 1841, it was decided to add a chancel to this small church. With surprising speed, this was done within 6 months at a cost of £123 16s 6d, towards which, Lord Southampton and the Dukes of Grafton and Buckingham contributed £50. In 1852, the question of how to provide still more seating accommodation, had become urgent. In common with general Victorian practice, it was decided to do this by adding a gallery on the north side of the church, at the same time building a vestry.
The present church, the third on the same site, is an excellent example of a simple Victorian building of stone, 90 feet long by 39 feet broad, with a beautiful reredos and mosaic of the Crucifixion. It was built in 1884, entirely by the generosity of Sir Robert Loder of Whittlebury Lodge, very near the time of his lavish restoration of Whittlebury church.
SilverstoneFor more than 60 years Silverstone has carved its mark as one of the leading motorsport venues, creating a powerful heritage around the world. Internationally renowned as the host of world class events, Silverstone is also famed for its exhilarating driving experiences, sumptuous corporate entertainment and prestigious conference facilities.
Silverstone Primary Schools
At the Silverstone Schools they attain high levels of achievement whilst imparting a rich, broad and balanced curriculum for each child's specific areas of excellence The schools are very proud of the environmental work which is undertaken. In 2010 the Infant School received another Eco Schools' Green Flag Award for the high standard of work in this area. Both school places much importance on the creative curriculum and this commitment to an enriched and varied curriculum has been recognised for a second time by the Arts Council in being awarded the Artsmark Silver Award 2009 and the recent participation of both schools in the Creative Partnership Scheme. Both schools currently hold the Active Mark from Sport England and also the "Healthy School" status.
Sponne School exists for its students. We believe our task is to develop the full potential of all our students both inside and outside the classroom. We have a vibrant learning environment that challenges all our students to make good progress and a range of networks within the school to identify needs and personalise the learning experience we offer.
Students are encouraged to work hard at their studies and join in the large range of extra-curricular opportunities provided by a dedicated staff.
With a recent investment of over £7.5million into the course and its facilities, Towcester Racecourse and Conference Centre, set in beautiful parkland overlooking the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, is truly one of the most picturesque racing venues in the country. Towcester Racecourse, one of Northampton shire’s most scenic venues offers beautiful parkland views and award winning stands that offer both style and elegance.
Towcester Leisure Centre
Towcester Centre for Leisure where you can swim, ride the flumes, surf the waves and work out all under one roof. The wide range of activities available ensures there is something for you - whatever your age or ability. Choose to train in the Competition Pool, learn to swim with a course of Swim Life swimming lessons, or simply make a splash in the Leisure Pool.
Whittlebury Golf Course
The prestigious Clubhouse of the Year Award 2007 was presented to Whittlebury Park Golf & Country Club at the annual awards ceremony held by the Mirror Publishing Group at The Warwickshire Golf Club in September 2007.