Brandon and Bretford - A castle and a fort
Brandon, the larger village, still retains the earthworks and fragments of rubble of its 13th century castle. The castle was garrisoned in the time of Richard I and overthrown by a force of barons, adherents of Simon De Montfort, Earl of Leicester, who were holding Kenilworth Castle against Henry III.
Bretford, once a market centre, derives its name from the former 'broad ford' a few yards east of the bridge over the River Avon (Bretford Bridge was mentioned as early as 1279 and had to be repaired in 1653 after damage in the Civil War).
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