Olney High Street - Heritage Trail (Revised August 2018)

An introduction to the history of selected parts of Olney's wide High Street.

Olney High Street - Heritage Trail (Revised August 2018)

England MK46 4YY, United Kingdom

Created By: ODHS

Tour Information

The wide High Street stretching from the Market Place in the south to the Knoll in the north is arguably the major feature that makes Olney so attractive and a very desirable place to live. The width is complemented by the various styles of attractive houses intermingled with small stone cottages and traditional business premises. There are many features and stories upon which to comment, some of which are included in this short High Street Trail.

This trail was has been developed, and edited for digital media, by the Olney & District Historical Society.

Completion of the full trail takes around 45 minutes.

Trail revised August 2018.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Start Point is the Market Place on the pavement outside 'The Cherry Tree Restaurant',  formerly known as Westlands. (See set of images above) This position provides a good general view of the wide High Street . A photograph of the... Read more
The first image is a photograph of the Two Brewers Pub in 1953 - decorated for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The Two Brewers Inn has spent most of its life as two separate properties. A closer look at the ground floor reveals an a... Read more
The Church is situated next to the Carlton House Club and set back a little from the High Street. (see photograph above) In 1762 the Independent Chapel was built on the site. (See image above.) Just above the door  is an oval tablet to Ebe... Read more
A relatively recent photograph of Orchard House is shown above.  Orchard House was converted from two eighteenth century houses in 1904 for Joseph William Mann. The architect was Alexander Ellis Anderson. J W Mann was at that time Olney's ... Read more
Cobbs Gardens were accessed through the archway. (See image above.)  It was one of the best known 'courts' of tenement buildings in the town, comprising some ten or more small cottages, often housing large families. The 'gardens' were sit... Read more
A good vantage point to see the Knoll is from the pavement outside Number 133 High Street (known as Town Farm) See photographs above. Past local historians have suggested that in the northerly direction well beyond the Knoll, a castle, or ... Read more
A relatively recent photograph of Lord's Malting  is shown above.  John Lord is generally acknowledged to have developed the first extensive brewing business in Olney. John Lord was presumed to be born in Weston Underwood but his date of... Read more
Look across the road to Number 79 High street, the light coloured building set back a little from the pavement, which was built as a hall and later converted into a cinema.  The following text is extracted from a letter written in the ea... Read more
Look across the road to the very large building (Number 15 High Street). See Image above. According to the 1910 Revenue Survey, Archibald  Allen, a solicitor, owned No 15 High Street, together with several additional properties and plots ... Read more
  Number 9 High Street (see Image above) is a listed eighteenth century building. It has probably spent most of its life as a successful grocery store.  The 1891 Census has Thomas T Coles living at Number 9, as a grocer and wine merch... Read more


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