Moreton Pinkney
Moreton Pinkney

Origin: Moreton held by Henry de Pinkney (in 1236)

Domesday: Geoffrey held of Giles 1 hides. Land for 6 ploughs. In demesne 3 ploughs, 5 slaves, 14 villans, 3 bordars with 3 ploughs. 30 acres of meadow.

Quite a sizeable village (with a pub, but no shop that I could find), which centres on the road to Canons Ashby (NT and well worth a visit). Sulgrave is just to the south if you want a day full of culture. The road, for some reason, takes a peculiarly erratic route through the village which all adds to the charm of the place


Almost entirely stone with the occasional roof thatched the houses are a nice mixture of size and styles, which blend in together.


The church has the best mowed churchyard in miles, achieved by a small flock of sheep (Jacobs no less, what else could they be in a churchyard?).


Inside the church it is surprisingly clean, spacious and airy obviously well cared for. The appearance of the church perhaps owes something to the 1846 restoration when the entire chancel was taken down back to its foundations and rebuilt in its original form.



My interest in the village centres on the Brooks family starting with Thomas Brooks (and his wife Mary) who would have been born about 1635 through to Richard Brooks who moved to Woodford Halse, probably about the time of his marriage in 1783. I would like to hear from anyone with any information on the Brooks family (and particularly any of their elusive marriages).



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