Origin: Badger hole or burrow

Domesday: William held 3 virgates of land in Brockhall and Muscott. Land for 2 ploughs. In demesne 1 plough and 6 bordars have another. 6 acres of meadow.

This place seems to be Northamptonshire’s answer to Gretna Green. For some reason in the early 1700s people came from miles around with no apparent connection to the village to get married. If you have lost a marriage give Brockhall a look!


Approached by a narrow country road that turns itself into a gated road on the way out of the village the place is quiet and undisturbed.

The cottages near the church are low and thatched, the houses on the way into the village larger and tiled but almost all of the lovely stone characteristic of the area. The large house next to the church was, I was told by one of the occupants, the old Brock Hall now converted into apartments – and very attractive too.


The church was small and neat but provided no hint of why it had been such a draw to couples in the past, perhaps the vicar did a cut price service or was not too particular about banns/licences etc!



If anyone knows why Brockhall was so popular I would love to know the reason



For a description of the village in the late 1800s a Whelans Directory of 1874 is attached.