Layers of history uncovered in Bradwell Abbey’s Farmhouse, soon-to-be unveiled to the public.
The conservation works at Bradwell Abbey’s Farmhouse have recently reached completion after an extensive programme, funded by Historic England, Milton Keynes Council, and Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre (MKCDC). The renovations have ensured the historic building, with its origins dating back to the twelfth century, will be safeguarded for generations to come.
The Farmhouse, sited on a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and managed by MKCDC, revealed an array of historically significant findings, from evidence of paintings from the twelfth century through to the eighteenth century, to a carved stone head believed to represent Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Deputy Leader of MK Council, Cllr Robin Bradburn said:
“This is a really important milestone in the project, and we’re delighted that the capital works to the site are now complete. Milton Keynes Council has invested heavily in the Bradwell Abbey site recognising its national importance as a collection of medieval buildings including the 14th Century Pilgrim Chapel. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with MK City Discovery Centre who will take on the management of the site, reopening it up to a new generation of visitors to explore and learn at this historic location.”
The next chapter in the building’s story will see the interior transformed into a visitor centre, including an education hub, café, shop, lecture theatre, and exhibition space. With an upcoming programme of guided tours and events this Spring and Summer, visitors will be able to experience the Farmhouse’s hidden layers of history in person. Follow Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest event news.