Milton Bryan

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Milton Bryan
Milton Bryan is located in Bedfordshire
Milton Bryan
Milton Bryan
 Milton Bryan shown within Bedfordshire
Population 220 (2011)
OS grid reference SP970333
Civil parish Milton Bryan
Unitary authority Central Bedfordshire
Ceremonial county Bedfordshire
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Milton Keynes
Postcode district MK17
Dialling code 01525
Police Bedfordshire
Fire Bedfordshire and Luton
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Mid Bedfordshire
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Coordinates: 51°57′51″N 0°35′15″W / 51.96416°N 0.58751°W / 51.96416; -0.58751

Milton Bryan is a village and civil parish located in Central Bedfordshire. It lies just off the A4012 road, near to its junction with the A5 at Hockliffe. The parish includes the ancient hamlets of Potsgrove & Battlesden.

South End[edit]

The village is divided into two distinct areas: Church End and South End. South End includes the Red Lion pub and an attractive duck pond. A Methodist Chapel was built by the pond in the 19th century, resting on the banks of the pond and overhanging the pond supported on stilts.

Church End[edit]

Church End includes St Peter's Church and the remains of a radio station (Soldatensender Calais) built in the Second World War to broadcast 'black propaganda' into Nazi Germany.[1]

St Peter's Church[edit]

St Peter's Church was initially a simple Norman structure with a chancel, nave and small timber bell turret, with a 15th-century east window, windows in the nave and doorways in chancel and nave. Then the Inglis family acquired the Milton Bryan Estate through marriage in 1784. The first major alterations took place in 1826 in memory of Sir Hugh Inglis, who had died in 1820, by his son Sir Robert Harry Inglis. A north transept was built and a family chapel over a vault, the architect seems to have been Sir Robert Smirke. A new tower and a porch were built in 1840-1841, designed by Lewis Nockalls Cottingham, the west window was reopened and a new west front gable were added. Ten years later a south transept was added at Sir Robert Harry Inglis' expense, after his death a stained glass window was installed in the north transept in 1857. Lady Paxton gave a stained glass window in 1867 in memory of her husband Sir Joseph, architect of the Crystal Palace, who was born in the village.[2]


In 1861, a chapel was built over the pond, supported by stilts and partially on land. This was a timber Chapel with a slated roof which, at a squash, could seat up to 50 people. The interior was very simple and austere. During its life, the Chapel was maintained meticulously by the villagers who ensured that the pews were kept polished and the wooden floor scrubbed. Very often, the sound of ducks under the Chapel could be heard during the sermons and hymns. A plaque was placed by the pond to commemorate both the Millennium 2000 and the site of the former Milton Bryan Methodist Chapel.

Surrounding area[edit]

The nearest large town to Milton Bryan is Leighton Buzzard, very closely followed by Dunstable. It is also a short distance away from the sizable village of Toddington.[3]

Historical figures[edit]

The designer of Crystal Palace, Sir Joseph Paxton was born in Milton Bryan.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2] Bedford Borough Council
  3. ^ Genuki: Milton Bryan. Accessed April 19, 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Milton Bryan at Wikimedia Commons