Great Linford Brick Kilns

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Currently in need of some repair work the Brick Kilns at Great Linford are a scheduled ancient monument owing to their importance in displaying the local heritage of brick making.  Restored to their former glory by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1980s these two brick kilns, provide an insight into the local brick-making industry.

The kilns were in production in the 1800s supplying building bricks for the local villages. Near the remains of two kilns two ponds can be seen which were dug for clay used for brick production.  The kilns were in use up to 1900 after which they were left derelict due to improved mass production and steam engine transportation which took over from local hand production and transportation along the canal.  During peek brick production these kilns held 20-25000 bricks, fired and then left out to cool, it would take a week for bricks to be fully ready for use. The brick yard was worked by a six man team working 12 hours a day.  During the nineteenth century the local brick industry thrived, and this, along with the importation of roofing slates, brought about a change in architectural style from stone and wattle and daub to brick, as typified by the red brick Victorian town of Wolverton and New Bradwell.


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  • Great Linford Manor Park

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    Great Linford Manor Park is a special, heritage-rich park set within the old village of Great Linford. It contains features that were first laid out centuries ago, including ponds and a Wilderness Garden which represent the English Landscape style of garden design that became popular for country estates during the 18th Century.

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    Refreshments and food can be found nearby at The Black Horse and the Nag’s Head which are open for lunch and supper. Milton Keynes Arts Centre has a small café where drinks can be purchased.

  • Canal Broadwalk

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    The Grand Union Canal enters Milton Keynes at the Ouse Valley Park at Old Wolverton and snakes in a dramatic arc right through the east of the city until it leaves Milton Keynes at Water Eaton in Bletchley.

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  • For information and routes for walking, cycling, bus and train trips in MK use the transport planner
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  • Great Linford Manor Park is a special and wonderful place to visit, with a history that can be traced back at least to Saxon times. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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