Bradville has a very pretty section of the Grand Union Canal and the old railway walk which runs 3 miles from Wolverton to Newport Pagnell. The line, which closed in 1963, has been converted to a red way for cyclists and pedestrians. Along the route, you will pass over an aqueduct on the canal and through old bridges and platforms from the old railway as well as boat moorings and fishing spots. On this walk you will be able to see our distinctive landmark, the Bradwell windmill. Milton Keynes is an important site for windmills, having been home to the first mill ever excavated in Europe, found at Great Linford and thought to date back to 1220.
Bradwell Windmill is thought to be the second windmill built in Bradwell village, replacing an earlier post mill on the site of Summerfield School, which sat on a post in order that the whole structure could be turned so the sails caught the wind.
The mill we now see just off the V6 Grafton St was erected around 1805 and just about made a living for the families that owned it, milling grain for local farmers. However, it was less reliable than the area’s water mills, for example along the Ouse at Old Wolverton, and by the 20th century it was derelict. The Council acquired it for just £80. Its return to health for the first time in 139 years has been achieved through a partnership between the building’s stewards, Milton Keynes Museum, and Milton Keynes Council, who funded the work of millwrights Owlsworth IJP. The restoration involved making the building watertight and restoring the sails and milling mechanism, so visitors can expect to see the historic millstones in action. Like the Museum itself, Bradwell Windmill is maintained and operated by volunteers.
Bradville has a lot to offer from Allotments on Bradwell Road with over 60 plots (If you would like to go on the waiting list for a plot then please contact the Parish office). There are lots of Play parks across the estate, the one on Kingsfold has a large slide that has been there for over 40 years and has other play equipment for all ages to enjoy.
There are two local shops one of which has a post office. The local public house Halley’s Comet where you can enjoy great food or just socialise with friends and family.
There are two schools on the estate Pepper hill first School on Kingsfold and Stanton School on Fairfax. Bradville Hall Community Centre is a community meeting place, where you will find many groups and activities taking place. There is something for everyone and the Hall is also available for hire. For more information please contact Bradville Hall on 01908 316938.
Stantonbury Parish Council also has its office on Bradville and hold various clubs and classes: Job Club, and an appointment only Citizens Advice service. You can even drop of donations Food Bank. We run some very successful coach trips throughout the year for people within the Parish and during the school summer holidays we run Play Dates and Football activities for children in various locations around the Parish. Please see our newsletter for more details.
Your Bradville Parish Councillors are:
Sara Agintas, Peter Kirkham, David Outram and David Wright