Central Milton Keynes, 1987

Milton Keynes New Town – views from 1987 and 2012

Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire was designated a New Town on 23 January 1967 – 50 years ago today. I’ve visited twice, once in 1987 and again in 2012. I think it’s a great town (surely it should have city status by now) and although some neighbourhoods were looking a little weathered in 2012 there was also lots of new and original housing being built.

Milton Keynes has a spacious feel about the place and I love the futuristic thecentre:mk (now part of Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre) with its steel-framed, Mies van der Rohe inspired, architecture. Designed by Derek Walker in 1973 this building is over 1km in length and now has Grade II listed status.

Below are some of my shots from those visits to Milton Keynes showing The Centre, Tinkers Bridge, Broughton,Witan Gate, Oxley Wood and finally the Art of Silence sculpture by Bernard Schottlander in the grounds of Challenge House.

Unfortunately I only have two scans from the 1987 visit, but I hope you enjoy the views and Happy Birthday MK!

Oxley Wood, Milton_Keynes
Oxley Wood, Milton_Keynes
Tinkers Bridge, Woughton, Milton Keynes.
Tinkers Bridge, Woughton, Milton Keynes.
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Tinkers Bridge, Milton Keynes
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Tinkers Bridge
Brent, Tinkers Bridge
Brent, Tinkers Bridge
Colne, Tinkers Bridge
Stone cladding in Colne, Tinkers Bridge
Colne, Tinkers Bridge
Colne, Tinkers Bridge
thecentre:mk
thecentre:mk
Clock Tower, thecentre:mk
Clock Tower, thecentre:mk
Secklow Gate, Milton Keynes
Secklow Gate
Milton Keynes market
Milton Keynes market
Central Milton Keynes, 1987
Central Milton Keynes, 1987
Central Milton Keynes, 1987
Central Milton Keynes, 1987
Chasewater Crescent, Broughton, Milton Keynes
Chasewater Crescent, Broughton
Foxfield, Broughton, Milton Keynes
Foxfield, Broughton
Vizion, Witan Gate, Milton Keynes
Vizion, Witan Gate
Vizion, Witan Gate, Milton Keynes
Vizion, Witan Gate
Vizion, Witan Gate, Milton Keynes
Vizion, Witan Gate
Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes
Oxley Woods
Oxley Woods, Milton Keynes
Oxley Woods
The Art of Silence, sculpture by Bernard Schottlander
The Art of Silence, sculpture by Bernard Schottlander

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