Great Linford

Introduction

Church: St Andrew

Hundred: Newport

Poor Law District: Newport Pagnell

Size (acres): 1836

Easting & Northing: 485242

Grid Ref SP850420 Click to see map

 

Names

Places

NameTypeNote
Great Linford PARISH St Andrew
Lenford NAMES name for Linford in 1561
Lidforth NAMES name for Linford in 1542
Linforde NAMES name for Linford in Domesday Book in 1086
Lyndford NAMES name for Linford in 1560
Congregational NON-CONFORMIST First Mentioned: 1810. Rebuilt 1833
Marsh (Farm) PLACE within the parish

 

Population

Population

These population figures are based on the Census results. The boundaries are those used in the particular census which may vary over time..

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1801 313
1811 376
1821 408
1831 420
1841 474
1851 486
1861 557
1871 468
1881 437
1891 481
1901 478
1911 577
1921 520
1931 422
1941 N/A
1951 366
1961 283
1971 263
1981 9665
1991 18767

There was no census in 1941.

Records

Records

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Great Linford   St Andrew   Baptisms   1653   1882   Yes,
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Great Linford   St Andrew   Marriages   1601   1901   Yes,
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Great Linford   St Andrew   Burials   1653   1910   Yes,
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Surnames

Surnames

These were extracted from our own records and presented as a guide.

PositionBefore 1700  18th Century  19th Century  Overall Surnames  
1 KENT GUNN MAPLEY MAPLEY
2 HARRIS HOBBS ELLIOTT ELLIOTT
3 SMITH RAWLINS WALTERS WALTERS
4 HOLLIDAY PINKARD KEMP KEMP
5 MALYNS COX RILEY RILEY
6 FOUNTAYNE COOK CONQUEST CONQUEST
7 DUDLEY WARD REYNOLDS BARKER
8 NICHOLLS WALKER BIRD NICHOLLS
9 MULSO KNIGHT BARKER BIRD
10 MALINS LEACH NICHOLLS REYNOLDS

Notes

Great Linford village, with its 12th century church and 17th century manor house, is now part of the new city of Milton Keynes, but still retains its village atmosphere.

The original village green remains, also a cricket pitch and several landscaped areas, all linked by the redways (pedestrian and cyclist paths) and bridleways, surrounded by trees, shrubs and great banks of roses.

The village church is of great interest. Apparently there was a chapel at Linford, on this site, in 1151. The church tower is 12th century with various additions and alterations since. The 17th century manor house was formerly owned by the Pritchard family. Sir William was a Lord Mayor of London and he also built the almshouses which are very attractive and now house various offices. The manor is now owned by Milton Keynes Development Association and has been used as an arts centre. Some of the manor out-buildings have been converted into a community workshop and a hall where various activities and functions take place.

Linford Lodge Hotel and riding stables also remain as part of the original village, now surrounded by new houses, and serve the community as hotel and a centre for young and old to learn to ride on the many paths in the locality.

The canal runs to the north of Great Linford. It is quite widely used by barges, canal buses, the fishermen and busy families of moorhens. The towpaths have been cleared and it is pleasant to walk along them.

It is hard to believe that this lovely village is within a ten minute ride of the biggest indoor shopping centre in England at Milton Keynes.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission.

Description

Description of Great Linford from J Sheahan, 1861.

The area of the parish of Great Lindford, or Lindford Magna, is 1787 acres; population, 486; rateable value, £2,677. The river Ouse divides it from Little Lindford; and it is probable that these places derived their name from a ford over that river, which might have borne the name of Lin. The Grand Junction has a course of about three miles through the parish, with three bridges over it. This includes the Newport Pagnell branch of that canal.
The Village, is compact and neat, and distant about 2 miles W.S.W. from Newport Pagnell, and 2.5 miles E. from the Wolverton Station of the London and North Western Railway. Many of the females are employed in making bobbin lace. The parish was inclosed about 1658.
The Living is a Rectory, valued in the King's Books at £20 0. 2.5d. The tithes have been commuted for an annual rent-charge of £400, and there are 27.5 acres of glebe land. The patronage is vested in the Lord of the Manor, and the Rev. Francis Litchfield is the present Rector; but being non-resident the parochial duty is performed by a Curate, the Rev. J Webb. The advowson has always been appendant to the manor.

Education

Great Linford Parish (Pop. 420)

One Infant School, consisting of 5 males and 5 females, who are paid for by their parents.
One Daily School, containing from 10 to 30 males, endowed with £10 per annum and a house for the master, rent free.

One Sunday School, with 50 males and 31 females; supported by subscription.

ABSTRACT OF EDUCATION RETURNS, 1833.