Great Linford Manor Park

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We have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund [HLF] and the Big Lottery Fund to Reveal, Revive and Restore the important heritage at Great Linford Manor Park.


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Linford Manor

The centrepiece of the park is Linford Manor (privately owned – please respect the residents’ privacy). The Manor was built by Sir William Pritchard, who later became the Lord Mayor of London in 1690. The estate passed to his relatives, the Uthwatts, who extended the house during the 1700s to its present size, employing a number of tricks to make the house look more impressive. For instance, the wing nearest to the village was originally a single storey ballroom, but false windows were put in to create the impression of an 'upstairs' and preserve the building's symmetry. The two pavilions which face the Manor across the park were built in the 1720s and designed to look like houses but were actually stables.

Water Gardens
Close to the Manor lie the Water Gardens which include a series of ponds fed from a natural spring, which emerges from an outcrop of limestone that underlies much of the park. The spring is shown on a map of the area dating from 1641, where it is referred to as the ‘Hine Well’. The source of water here may explain why a village became established in this location at least as long ago as the Saxon Period. The ponds in their current form are believed to be part of the 18th Century landscape design of the park. However, the Grand Junction Canal (now known as the Grand Union Canal) was built at the turn of the Nineteenth Century through the middle of the Park, cutting across the ponds on an embankment. The two ponds nearest the Manor provide a lovely setting for a picnic. A third pond lies on the opposite side of the Canal. It is believed this was created in its current form mid-way through the Nineteenth Century.

Almshouses and Schoolhouse
During his time as owner of the estate, Sir William Pritchard provided a school house, at that time stated as for the education of local boys, and three almshouses each side for six unmarried poor people of the parish. These ancient buildings, which overlook the Water Gardens, along with the nearby renovated thatched barn, and the pavilions, are occupied by the independently-run Milton Keynes Arts Centre.

St. Andrews Church
The park surrounds the ancient village church of St Andrews. The oldest parts of the church date from the 13th Century. Inside the church memorials to Sir William Pritchard and his successors associated with the history of the Park and the Manor can be seen.

Quarry
A little further past the Church from the Manor stands a stone circle of locally quarried limestone. These stones were placed here in the 1980s to mark the site of the old quarry that provided local building materials in the past. The quarry face lies behind the stone circle and is designated as a ‘Local Geological Site’ (a site of regional geological interest), where fossils can be found, dating from the time when the limestone rock formed beneath a shallow tropical sea. The quarry face also provides an important habitat for wildlife including amphibians like frogs and toads which hibernate in the cracks between the rock strata during the winter months.

Events
For details of events in the park see What’s On

Parking
Free car parking at the following locations:
Marsh Drive: Marsh Dr, Great Linford, Milton Keynes MK14 5AX
Parklands: Parklands, Great Linford, Milton Keynes MK14 5DZ

Travelling by bus
For those wishing to travel to the park by bus, the No. 21 and 25 buses stop at Memorial Hall bus stop on Marsh drive, and the No. 23 stops at Butlers Grove bus stop on St Ledger Drive – a short walk from the park.

Toilets
There are toilets available to the public at Milton Keynes Arts Centre during opening times, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Disabled access
A network of surfaced paths give access to most of the park's main features and up to the canal, though some paths are quite steep.

Related items
Future Proposals for Linford Manor Park
Great Linford Manor Park Conservation Plan 2018

Events taking place at Linford Manor Park

Find out more about our project to Reveal, Revive and Restore Great Linford Manor Park & information on how you can reach the park

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Opening Times
The park and car parks are open at all times and free of charge.

Address
Great Linford Manor Park can be found in the village of Great Linford, with access from Marsh Drive, the High Street, or Parklands via St Leger Drive.

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    This is a small area of parkland and woodland, which connects the North Bucks Way into the parks system via Tattenhoe and Westcroft. It is an ideal place to visit if you live in one of the nearby residential areas. The surrounding land is currently being developed into housing, so is likely to change considerably over the coming years.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities on site but Westcroft and Howe Park Wood are less than a mile away.

  • Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

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    The 37 hectare site consists of a large lake, reedbeds, wet woodland and several small meadows interlaced with a number of smaller lakes and ponds. Four bird watching hides are located giving fine views of the wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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    There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.

  • Linford Wood

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    Enclosed in the year 1264 by Baron Von Pippard, the original owner of the Linford Manor estate, Linford Wood is the largest and oldest of the Trust's three ancient woodlands. Despite its location close to the city centre, Linford Wood provides a tranquil haven for wildlife and people. Find out more about how we manage Linford Wood by clicking here.

    Refreshments
    There are no facilities within the wood but hot and cold drinks and other refreshments are available from the BP garage on the west side of the wood.

  • Lodge Lake

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    Lodge Lake is one of the city's ‘on-line’ balancing lakes. It was created in 1981 by building a dam across the Loughton Brook. This holds back water as flow rates in the brook increase, helping to prevent flooding in downstream areas. The lake is perfect for a short outing - a gentle walk around the lake edge takes about 30 minutes - with plenty of interest on and off the water year-round.

    Refreshments
    None on site; the nearest shops are located in Great Holm about five minutes’ walk to the west. A Chinese restaurant, the Kam Tong Garden, overlooks the lake.