History of the Greyhound
Dating back to the 16th century, The Greyhound once served home-brewed ales to the local community, and an ancient malting house stood to the rear of the inn. In 1806, the landlord and maltster Thomas Cockerill built a brewery next to the inn, the Hope Brewery. Expanded and enlarged thoughout the 19th century, the brewery was bought by the Northampton Brewery Company and successfully operated until 1906.
The village of Milton Malsor dates back much further. The Domesday Book, compiled between 1085 and 1086, tells us there were two large manors in the village of Milton Malsor at that time. By the late 13th century John Malesoures was Lord of Middleton, descended from a Norman Conquest knight. The village gained the latter part of its unusual name from his family. The historic core of this picturesque Northamptonshire village is now a conservation area, and includes The Greyhound along with over 30 listed buildings, most dating from the 16th to 18th centuries.
James Harrington, the controversial 17th century author, once lived at the Grade II listedManor House. A political theorist, his book ‘The Commonwealth of Oceana’ was seized off the press by Oliver Cromwell’s men. Later that year, after securing the favour of Cromwell’s daughter, the book was released back to him and went to publication, with a dedication to Cromwell himself. Today, there is a blue plaque on the Manor House bearing the Harrington name.
The Greyhound sits on the old turnpike road that ran from Cotton End in Northampton to Towcester and beyond, to Oxford, with the toll house located in nearby Blisworth. The Grand Union Canal, providing vital transport links from London to Birmingham in the early 19th century, was extended to Northampton in 1815 via a branch that skirts Milton Malsor – the Northampton Arm.
Today the canal towpath provides enjoyable walking and cycling routes, or simply the chance to watch canal boats tackle the famous 17-lock Rothersthorpe flight. The Canal Museum, in the picturesque village of Stoke Bruerne just south of Milton Malsor, tells the story of Britain’s canals and vividly portrays life on the waterways.
The popular jumps racecourse at Towcester and the Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, are both within easy reach of The Greyhound, and the breathtaking landscaped gardens of Stowe are just 12 miles away. Bustling Northampton lies just 4 miles north.
Today, The Greyhound is a delightful English country pub with a tranquil beer garden, exceptional range of drinks and delicious traditional pub food. It’s the perfect place to stop for a pub meal or a Sunday lunch and a drink or two with friends and family if you’re in the area discovering the historic village of Milton Malsor or exploring the glorious Northamptonshire countryside.
The Greyhound can be found on Towcester Road at Milton Malsor in Northamptonshire, just 2.5 miles from the M1 at J15. For satnavs use the postcode NN7 3AP.