BRINKLOW HISTORY GROUP
Brinklow History Group is a small informal
group of people dedicated to researching, collating and publishing the
history of the village of Brinklow, in Warwickshire, England. Situated
on the Roman Fosse Way, midway between Coventry and Rugby, the village
is rich in recorded history, and there is evidence of settlement from the
12th century, with roots probably from a much earlier period.
Brinklow's most notable
topographical feature is the imposing grassy mound behind the church, known
locally as the Tump, or the Big Hill. Built on a natural rise, and
offering a striking view of the surrounding countryside, the hill and its
nearby earthworks represent one of the best preserved motte-and-bailey
castle sites in the country. However, the name of Brinklow itself
suggests a much older settled community, or at least a site that was important
to people long before the Norman Conquest.
The name is thought to
originate from two Old English elements: the personal name Brynca, and
the word hlaw, meaning "hill" in the sense of tumulus or burial
mound. This ancient derivation implies that there was almost certainly
a man-made "tump" here long before the Normans exploited the site to build
Brinklow Tump may well
have had some significance to the ancient Coritani people, whose capital
was Leicester, but who, it is thought, may well have strayed in small isolated
settlements southwards. It is one of a line of such tumuli and earthworks
that run diagonally across Warwickshire from north-east to south-east,
and which are roughly parallel to the Fosse Way; this last may be by accident
or design, but many have suggested that such "ley lines" are either the
remnants of ancient and lost trackways, or that they echo pagan belief
in the harnessing of natural earth-energy forces along such man made connections.
One such trackway is "Tutbury Lane", an old green path which runs from
the River Avon to Brinklow Heath.
To date, the mound at
Brinklow remains unexcavated, so it is not known for certain whether it
is the final resting place of some minor British chieftain, circumvented
by the Romans, or later owned by an Anglo-Saxon called Brynca, even perhaps
the grave of Brynca himself. What does seem certain is that there
was some form of settlement or human activity long before the Normans built
their castle or later their fine church dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
History Group is not a Family History Society, and has limited resources,
but all enquiries will be answered given time and patience.
If you have comments or suggestions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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