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.
- Heritage Lottery FundGreat 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.
- Public Art in our ParksNearly 30 pieces of public art call our parks home
- Heritage in our ParksWith earthworks showing sites of medieval villages, motte and bailey castles and hidden local gems, our parks are a rich source of local heritage