The Pavilion Great Linford Arts Centre
Great Lindford shown within Buckinghamshire
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|Civil parish||Great Lindford|
|Unitary authority||Milton Keynes|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||MILTON KEYNES|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||North Milton Keynes|
Great Linford village
Written as Great Linford to distinguish it from the even tinier Little Linford, the village is another on the Grand Union Canal. The name Linford is thought to derive from the crossing point over the River Ouse which now separates Great Linford from Little Linford to the north, where there were linden trees. The first reference to Linford occurs in 944, when "King Edmund gave to his thegn Aelfheah, land at Linforda with liberty to leave it to whom he wished"; it appears in the Domesday Book as Linforda. Today, the outer buildings of the seventeenth-century Linford Manor form an Arts Centre, and the house itself is a recording studio.
In the early sixteenth century, the rector of this parish Dr Richard Napier was widely known as a medical practitioner, astrologer and curer of souls. He was referred to by many in the upper classes, including the Earl of Sunderland who lived under his care for some time in 1629.
St. Andrews C. of E. Infant School, on the High Street, founded in 1901, has survived various threats of closure from the local education authorities. The school was also home to Sir William Pritchard in the later part of that century, who was president of St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He founded almshouses in Great Linford, which are still there today. As part of the development of Great Linford's integration into Milton Keynes, a new primary and middle school was opened in 1977, originally known as Great Linford County Combined School, and more recently as Great Linford Primary School.
Great Linford has two pubs; The Nag's Head, on the High Street and The Black Horse at the edge of Great Linford, by the Grand Union Canal.
Linford Manor, also known as Great Linford Manor, is a seventeenth century mansion or manor house converted into a recording studio complex in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England. It is now owned by Pete Winkelman who is chairman of Milton Keynes Dons.
In addition to Great Linford district itself (with the historic village at its core), the civil parish also includes the districts of Giffard Park, Blakelands, Neath Hill, Pennyland, Tongwell, Conniburrow, Downs Barn, Downhead Park and, since 1 April 2012, Newlands, Willen Lake and Willen.
The parish is bounded to the north by Newport Road, to the west by the B4034/V8 Marlborough Street (as far as H4 Dansteed Way), then along Dansteed Way as far as V7 Saxon Street, south along Saxon Street as far as the A509/H5 Portway, then east along Portway to the M1, then north along the motorway until it reaches Newport Road again. The Grand Union Canal bisects the parish.
The parish increased in population from 263 in the 1971 census to 11,882 in the 1981 census, an increase of some 4,400%.
Newlands district is small, composed primarily of low-lying parkland. It is notable as the site of Gulivers Land, a small theme park; and the location of the Cathedral of Trees, a group of trees planted so that it has the appearance of a Norman cathedral, with the tree-trunks taking the place of columns.
Willen Lake is one of the bigger lakes in Milton Keynes. It is mainly used as a water sports lake with a resident sailing club and a towed water skiing feature.
The lake is split into two sections with one side used for water sports and the other side kept as a nature reserve with bird watching boxes on the north-west side of the dividing road, H5 Portway.
The lake is particularly popular in the summer, attracting in numbers in excess of 5,000 people on a summer day.
Willen Lake has many features to attract a wide variety of interests including the mini golf area, the exercise Trim Trail, the Buddhist Peace Pagoda, a mini railway, a climbing activity centre, an extensive child's play area, and frequently on weekends bouncy castles and ball pits are erected in Andi Circle.
The lake is very popular with runners and dog walkers for its serene atmosphere and picturesque views.
Willen village has a long history. It is best known for its church and for Willen Hospice. Willen was originally part of a parish known as Woolstone-cum-Willen that was formed on 1 April 1934 as a merger of Great Woolstone, Little Woolstone and Willen. The parish was part of Newport Pagnell Rural District until it became part of the borough of Milton Keynes in 1974. Following the reorganisation of parishes on 1 April 2012, the districts are separate again with the Woolstones remaining in the Campbell Park parish.
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