Milton Keynes Village Tour

This is the original village from which the new town takes its name.

Milton Keynes Village Tour

England MK10 9AL, United Kingdom

Created By: Two Villages Archive Trust

Tour Information


Welcome to our virtual trail of Milton Keynes Village. You can start anywhere you like by clicking on a Numbered Point on the map.
If you start at Position 1, this is a good place to park your car if you drove to the village. Follow the route around the village and read the descriptions.

At most positions, you can see current and past pictures (except 21 the Medieval Manor where there is now only a mound). The texts will tell you more.

Our villages website has much more information, including census data, church records, and our current series of meetings.

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What You'll See on the Tour

A good place to park if you arrive by car. To the north here Glebe Farm (indicating by its name that it belonged to the Rector) used to occupy this space. It was demolished some time in the 1970s, and apparently contained some strongly bui... Read more
During May 1992 many bones were discovered during the extension of the cricket field car park. The Police were informed, but it soon became clear that the skeletons were very ancient. The Bucks County Museum Archaeological Service excavat... Read more
It is difficult in summer to see the handsome Old Rectory because of the trees which have grown up on the boundary of the garden, but it is still possible to catch a glimpse from here. The Rectory was built for Revd Dr William Wotton betwee... Read more
All Saints' Church is described by Clive Rouse in John Betjeman's 'Guide to English Parish Churches' (1958) as "Text book 14th century", and the grouping of the roofs and tower certainly makes an attractive picture seen from the road outsid... Read more
Manor Farmhouse is a seventeenth century building which was probably extended in the same century. Most of the land to the northwest of Milton Keynes was farmed by the Macbeth family who lived in the farmhouse from 1932 until 1999 and the... Read more
On the corner between Walton Road and Willen Road, is Nurse's Cottage. The name is comparatively recent (perhaps 50 years old) and was given to the cottage because the District Nurse used to live there. She was a very important member of th... Read more
It is thought that the Swan Inn has served the village of Milton Keynes since 1550, and the present building dates largely from the 16th and 17th centuries. Its position at the convergence of the roads leading to Willen, Broughton and Walto... Read more
Next to the pub is a disused red telephone box. Now owned by the parish council, there are plans to install a defibrillator and other useful community items, such as a lending library. The the bus shelter next has been converted from the... Read more
The current view of the Swan shows Nurse's Cottage on the left. Both buildings probably date from the early seventeenth century and have similar timber framed construction. Like most buildings in the village, the Swan was owned by the Finc... Read more
On the left of the road are Burley Cottages. Now two dwellings, this was once one house which was timber framed and built in the late sixteenth century. The southern end was extended in brick, heightened and re-roofed with tiles in the ear... Read more
Like most of the houses in Milton Keynes Village, this row of cottages was built for the use of farm workers. It is now just two houses (No. 1 and No. 2, Milton Keynes Village in the Post Office's numbering system), but the evidence of chim... Read more
This was never part of a monastery neither the resident of an abbott - but the cottage was named after the Abbott family who held the property in the eighteenth century.  It was quite a large property - one of the small-holdings of the vi... Read more
Numbers 4 and 5 Milton Keynes Village are now one dwelling. This is one of the older cottages in the village and dates from the fourteenth or at the latest fifteenth century. The evidence for this is the cruck truss which supports the centr... Read more
Although it does not look it, this is one of the oldest houses in North Buckinghamshire. It was restored in 1993 after a long period of standing empty following the death of the last of the Bird family who had been the local builders worki... Read more
This completes the main part of the tour.  Return to the car park. However, if you wish to explore further, I can take you round the north end of the village. So return to the church gate. Note the fine Walnut tree with circular bench. ... Read more
Looking north up Willen Road the view is today mostly suburban, but it is immediately obvious that Ivy Cottage on the right belongs to an earlier age. It was originally built at the beginning of the seventeenth century, and was extended in ... Read more
Looking south along Willen Road, back into the village, the view is once again suburban. The church tower is visible in the centre of the picture, but the modern garages and lamp-post on the right give no hint of what it was like earlier in... Read more
On the left side Nos 14-26 of Finch Close (named after the Finch family who owned the Village) were built in the 1970s to provide housing for firemen based at Broughton Fire Station just up the path ahead.  Each house was fitted with an a... Read more
Tun left along the footpath.
Turn off the roadside footpath and enter 'Middleton Park' here.  This just one of the green areas in Milton Keynes owned and managed by The Parks Trust, a self-financing registered charity. Follow the gravel paths around the shallow ponds... Read more
This wet and willowy area to the north west of the church shows the most obvious of the medieval fishponds, but the outlines of several others in the complex are clearly visible. It is thought that these, together with the moated manor hou... Read more
You should be able to identify the location of Philip de Aylesbury's Manor House, surrounded by its moat.  This location due west of the church occupies a central place in the village and is ideal for any Lord of the Manor.  From the Man... Read more


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