Talk will reveal history of Medieval Villages of Milton Keynes

St Lawrence Church, Broughton
St Lawrence Church, Broughton

A talk about the Medieval Villages of Milton Keynes at St Lawrence, Broughton on May 17 will provide a chance to find out what was here before the new city.

One of the delights of Milton Keynes, for both visitors and residents, is turning a corner and suddenly coming across a beautiful old church, a thatched cottage or a picturesque old inn. By laying the new city of Milton Keynes over the top of a number of ancient villages, those early visionaries ensured that we have a wealth of history on our doorsteps as well as cutting edge new design.

On Saturday, May 17, at 3pm the talk will be given by Helen Jones, ex Blue Badge Guide and expert on how you can still find evidence of medieval villages if you just know where to look. From Loughton to Milton Keynes Village, from Shenley to Bradwell, Milton Keynes has more history than you might imagine at first sight.

The talk, put on by the Friends of St Lawrence is being held at St Lawrence church, Broughton, MK10 9AA. It will be followed by tea and cake, ensuring an enjoyable and informative afternoon.

If you have never visited St Lawrence before, you’re in for a treat. An unremarkable stone church on the outside, inside are magnificent medieval wall paintings which had been plastered over in the 16th Century and only rediscovered during an 1849 restoration.

The Friends of St Lawrence are a growing group of local residents who run a programme of events to give people an opportunity to see the church and its magnificent wall paintings. With the huge expansion of the eastern flank of Milton Keynes, the programme of events is a chance for newer residents to get to know the history of their local area and for the more established and newer communities to come together.

We strongly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as space is limited and last year’s main event was sold out, meaning we sadly had to turn a few people away. For tickets to the talk or to find out more, please contact Julia Campion, FOSL Co-ordinator, on 07966 341674 or e-mail You can find information and a gallery of photos of St Lawrence at or search for Friends of St Lawrence on Facebook.