Brackley is an ancient municipal borough, small and picturesque market town and head of a petty sessional division, union and county court district, on the Bucks border of the county, on elevated ground, and commanding extensive views of the surrounding country, with a station on the main line of the Great Central railway, 59¼ miles from London, and a station on the Bletchley and Banbury branch of the London and North Western railway, 60 miles from London by road and 68 by rail, 20 south-west-by-west from Northampton by road and 28 by rail, 9 south-east-by-east from Banbury, 8 north-west-by-west from Buckingham and 21 by road or 35 by rail from Oxford, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of King's Sutton, rural deanery of Brackley (third portion), archdeaconry of Northampton and diocese of Peterborough. The town stands at the junction of the roads from Buckingham to Banbury and Oxford to Towcester. The principal street, nearly a mile in length, extends from the bridge crossing the London and North Western railway, and has a fine avenue of trees, commencing just above the Town Hall.
Under the provisions of the "Divided Parishes Act" the two parishes of St. Peter and St. James were united March 25, 1884, an outlying portion of St. Peter's, known as Brackley Hatch, being, however, joined to Syresham.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire, and Northamptonshire, 1914