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Woughton is a civil parish in south central Milton Keynesmarker, ceremonial Buckinghamshire, Englandmarker. It takes its name from the original ecclesiastic parish of Woughton and its original village, Woughton on the Green.

The pronunciation of Woughton is .

Civil Parish

The civil parish of Woughton is enclosed by the A5 to the west, the River Ouzelmarker to the east, Chafron Way (H7) to the north and Groveway (H9) to the south. It consists of these districts:

Beanhill

The building of the Beanhill area of Milton Keynes started in 1973/1974 during a strike by brick makers. Hence phase one was constructed by timber frame with corrugated cladding. The later phase two bungalows are brick-built. From the original build, with the exception of the roads of Capron and Simnel (which are two story houses), the rest of the residential buildings were all bungalows. After construction every new home came with a tree voucher, compliments of The Milton Keynes Development Corporation, known then as the MKDC. More recently there have been additional roads / buildings slotted in. For example where Bracken House now stands there was originally allotments. In 1989 phase three introduced 35 shared ownership homes in the Wheatcroft Close area.

In keeping with the 1970s Milton Keynes culture there were various arts projects within the Beanhill community. Notably the underpass painted in the Wizard of Oz theme, which was between Beanhill and Coffee Hall, at the back of Lammas. Also the Toadstools, created by Sue McFarland, on the field behind Simnel, they are still there. In Beanhill's very early days there was also a street theatre based there called The Beanhill Flat Earth Society. They performed around MK.

Currently Beanhill benefits from local shops, a meeting place, a medical centre, and a first school and a nursery, both called Moorlands, although on different sites.

Bleak Hall

This district, next to the West Coast Main Linemarker, is dedicated to light industry, construction industry supply and 'big shed' retail.

Coffee Hall

Coffee Hall consists of council and privately owned housing and a local shopping centre, including a church, local shop, fish and chip shop and the much loved locally Chinese restaurant & takeaway - Beijing Peter. Coffee Hall also houses a first school and the Coffee Hall Out Of School Project (CHOOSP) which offers child minding services for professional parents during office hours. Coffee Hall is located between Leadenhall, Eaglestone, Netherfield & Beanhill.

Eaglestone

Eaglestone is home to Milton Keynes General Hospitalmarker, a large combined school (Falconhurst) and a retirement village. The layout of Eaglestone's residential area is unique in that it is mostly off road, with houses surrounding picturesque parks with child's playing equipment, outdoor furniture (often used for street parties) and vast quantities of greenery. Eaglestone has a ring road which leads into various parking garage areas with the housing streets themselves away from roads. Eaglestone has a local shopping centre, featuring a hairdressing salon, basketball & squash courts, activity centre, a public house (The Eagle), a veterinarians clinic, a off licence shop and also a much famed and locally popular fish and chip restaurant (The Brothers Fish Bar).

Leadenhall

Leadenhall contains the Woughton Campus of Milton Keynes Collegemarker, Sir Frank Markham School, St Pauls School, Milton Keynesmarker and Woughton Leisure Centre — including The Pitz performance space. (This general area of the district is usually called Woughton Campus).

Netherfield

Netherfield is a housing estate located opposite Milton Keynes General Hospitalmarker, it also has a large shopping district featuring a co-op, dental surgery, public house, African food specialists, kebab house, Chinese takeaway, fish & chip shop and a doctors surgery (The Grove). The Parish Council offices are in Farthing Grove, Netherfield.

Peartree Bridge

Peartree Bridge is situated alongside the Grand Union canalmarker. There are two eateries in the area, Sam's Chinese and also the Toby Inn restaurant, pub & hotel. Peartree Bridge has a small farm (InterAction) that provides workshops for local children including circus camp, pottery and community friendly underpass painting.

Redmoor

Redmoor is an industrial district. Notable organisations based there include Post Office Parcels.

Tinkers Bridge

Tinkers Bridge is an estate of mainly social housing. It is part of a grid square that also includes Passmore and Woughton Park private housing.

Woughton on the Green

Woughton on the Green is a traditional Buckinghamshire village that is now part of Milton Keynesmarker in Englandmarker. It gives its name to the Civil parish of Woughton, of which it is now a part.

St Mary's parish church
The village was originally just called "Woughton": the suffix was added in the Victorian era to distinguish the village from other nearby places with the same name. On the Green refers to the large grassy area that lay in the centre of the village: the traditional village green.

In the Domesday Book of 1086 Woughton on the Green was recorded as Ulchetone. This is an Anglo-Saxon name, which means Eoca's Farm. The village had gained its more modern name by the mid twelfth century when the manor was recorded as belonging to the Verley family.

By the time of the coronation of Queen Victoria, Woughton on the Green was a large village, due largely to the nearby Grand Union Canalmarker and later to the (West Coast Main Linemarker) railway that passed through to the nearby parish of Wolvertonmarker.

Today the village is a suburb of Central Milton Keynesmarker, though the residents like to maintain their autonomy. The Parochial Church Council still meets at the ecumenical parish church of St. Mary.

Woughton Park

The Parish Council offices are in Farthing Grove, Netherfield.

References

  1. Woughton Ecumenical Parish, St. Mary's
  2. Woughton Parish Council web site



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