The 17 things you don't see in Milton Keynes anymore that you could a decade ago

Milton Keynes has seen huge change over the last 10 years.

Thursday, 29th November 2018, 8:35 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:51 am
Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is something of a pioneer for the UK in terms of innovations and new business. From driverless cars to takeaways delivered by drone and groceries by robot MK is always one step ahead. But we have also lost some much-loved familiar haunts over the last decade as our gallery showcases.

Everyone loved Woolworths didn't they. Old favourite Woolies is long gone, though, taking lots of childhood memories with it. Nowadays it is home to TK Maxx in the intu shopping centre.
It was truly massive wasn't it. There was a time when HMV was one of the most popular shops in MK. But streaming hurt the business and 'the big HMV' as it was known made way for River Island.
Toys R Us is one of the most recent casualties on Britain's high streets and MK was no different. The building is currently empty.
Wow this one brings a nostalgic tear to the eye. Once the hub of all things fun in MK's XScape, City Limits had something magical about it for a time even if it did get a bit musty like an old fairground ride. It is now Casino MK
MK's National Hockey Stadium, which was once home to MK Dons, is no more. It is now the Network Rail headquarters.
The Sanctuary Music Arena was in Denbigh North, MK, was famous on the rave scene. The venue became pivotal in the development of numerous underground electronic dance music genres, sub-genres and styles and played host to the UK's biggest dance music promoters including the likes of Dreamscape, Helter Skelter, Cream, Sidewinder and Godskitchen. It was closed in 2004 and made way for IKEA.
Rollers was an iconic venue not just for MK skaters but for young people across the south east. People would come from far and wide for its events and will bring a nostalgic tear to the eye of any kids of the 80s and 90s.
Anyone fancy a bit of bowling and some Quasar Laser? That was the shout back in the day wasn't it. Kids loved a bit of Quasar fun, a simpler time. Another truly nostalgic MK venue for which people would travel from miles around.
The old home of Chicago Rock Cafe and Shout, above Central Milton Keynes bus station, was converted to a youth hub when it fell victim to the credit crunch back in 2008 after 16 years in MK.
Lots of fun for all the children. But not anymore. Not that MK isn't spoilt for choice when it comes to finding something to do with the family.
Another iconic MK venue The Empire Nightclub shut in 2004. As well as revellers from Milton Keynes it attracted hundreds of pub-to-clubbers from surrounding areas too.
Oceana very much passed the baton to Oceana when in the MK nightclub scene. But it too closed in 2012, later becoming WonderWorld which then closed last year. It is now a trampoline park upstairs.
The Netherfield Tavern was situated at 29 Farthing Grove and closed in 2017.
Yates Wine Lodge was situated at 499 Lower Twelfth Street and was later Groove and has now been repurposed as part of the redevelopment plans for the area.
The Kingston Tavern was situated on the Kingston Retail Park and closed in 2009.
The famous and iconic Jaipur closed suddenly last month sending shockwaves through the MK restaurant scene. It is understood the distinctive and huge building is now to become a late-night cocktail bar and restaurant.
Paul Ince's named parking space outside Asda next to Stadium MK. Now it is just a regular car parking space, but It was allegedly the parking spot where Martin Allen would sit and look at the MK Dons' stadium being built, so they sprayed a Dons badge in there. But by the time it was built, he had left. So they sprayed a PI underneath it when Ince took over.