Car park closed, while restoration work on ancient monuments begins in Milton Keynes

These historic markers are over 300 years old and skilled restoration work will be completed to maintain their place in history.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:05 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 11:06 am

The Parks Trust has began a restoration project on two Brick Kilns located at Great Linford, by the Grand Union Canal.

Previously, the two monuments were large ovens used for making bricks in the 19th century.

George Osborn Price from Newport Pagnell, is credited with building the kilns. Bricks from the kiln were transported via the neighbouring canal to areas such as Wolverton, New

The Brick Kilns in Great Linford

Bradwell, Cosgrove and Castlethorpe, where they were used for building.

Historic England, the public body, designed to protect valuable buildings and monuments from our past, lists the kilns as a scheduled ancient monument.

The kilns were last restored the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the 1980s but due to the deterioration of the kilns over time they are in need of further repair.

As the kilns have a protection order placed on them by Historic England, The Parks Trust has had to work very closely with specialist contractors to carry out this project.

A spokesperson for the Parks Trust, claims: "[they have ensured] that any contractors are sympathetic and experienced at working with scheduled

monuments."

After a structural survey was completed, specialist contractor Lang were appointed to carry out the restoration work.

During the restoration works the car park on Willen Lane will be closed to the public. For safety the Brick Kilns will be fenced off for the duration of this project. The footpaths will still

be accessible; however, the benches located here will not be available for use.

The work began on the Brick Kilns on 15 March and will be completed by June this year. It will involve repairing the brick work on the kilns to make sure they are structurally sound and

preserved for future generations.