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, a district in Milton Keynes, England. It is now owned by Pete Winkelman who is chairman of Milton Keynes Dons football club.
The current manor was originally built in 1678 by Sir William Pritchard on land bought from the Napier family on the site of an older medieval manor. In 1704 the manor passed to the Uthwatts, his relatives, and extended the house over time. It was originally the manor of Little Linford as well as of Great Linford.
In 1972 the Manor was bought by Milton Keynes Development Corporation to be an arts centre but was closed in 1984.
In 1984/85 Harry Maloney bought the manor and converted it into a residential recording studio. The main studio housed a 48 channel/56 frame SSL recording/mixing desk, and was one of the first UK studios to invest in digital recording. Accommodation for artists and producers was offered upstairs in the manor house. A second studio was built in one of the Pavilion Houses opposite the manor (now returned to community arts use). The Pavilion Studio housed a customised vintage analogue Shep/Neve inline desk. Accommodation for artists using this studio was in one of the Alms Houses next to the church in the manor park.
Under Harry Maloney's directive in the mid-1980s through to the early 1990s, Paul Ward acted as Technical Manager, Mandie Emmings Bookings Manager, Steve Groom house maintenance and gardens, Gary Wilkinson, Nick Blundell & Gordon Bonnar (formerly of the band 'Heavy Pettin') as inhouse recording engineers.
In 1993 Pete Winkelman bought the manor, and continued using the property as a recording studio, but his priority was to go to overseeing the Milton Keynes Dons football team and the building of the Milton Keynes football stadium. Over this time the manor became less used for music recording. Pete Winkelman now uses the manor as his family home and is a contributor the Great Linford Waterside Festival, organised by a local residents' committee and held over a long weekend every summer in the public Manor Park.
Many highly acclaimed recording artists and record producers both British and international recorded at the manor during this period. To name a few... John Lydon/Public Image Ltd (album: Happy) Doctor Robert and The Blow Monkeys. Del Amitri. Trevor Horn. Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy). Sigue Sigue Sputnik. The Alarm. Little Angels. Paradise Lost. Thunder. Tigertailz. Skunk Anansi. Steve Lipsom. John Porter. Chris Tsangarides. Tony Platt. Simon Efemey. Russ Russell
Biffy Clyro recorded their second album, The Vertigo Of Bliss, there - and, according to an urban myth, took just 24 hours to do so. Other artists to record there are: Jamiroquai, ELO, Oasis, Wildhearts, PJ Harvey and Matmatah. The Veils also recorded the majority of their debut album The Runaway Found here in 2003.
The first artist to be recorded in Great Linford studios was Southside Jimmy (Jim Price). He recorded a number of tracks under a management deal with Harry Maloney.
Original grounds of the Manor
The former stables and associated gate houses are now an Arts Centre. The former almshouses beside the stables are now used as artists' studios. The Grand Union Canal runs near the manor house: it originally had its own wharf here (independent of the Great Linford wharf).
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- In an interview with Daniel P. Carter on BBC Radio 1s The Rock Show, on 20 February 2007, Biffy Clyro admitted that this story was a "slight exaggeration".
- Artworks MK – Great Linford site