Returning the Great Linford Almshouses to their former glory
The Parks Trust has entered an agreement with Milton Keynes Council to take on a 999-year lease of the almshouses in Great Linford Manor Park.
Built in 1696 the almshouses are a Grade II* listed building and form part of the wider historic landscape of Great Linford Manor Park, which is currently undergoing a National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund project.
Subject to planning, we intend to fully restore the building with a view to letting out three of the almshouses as commercial offices and the larger central schoolhouse as a private residential property. We would like to make the remaining three almshouses available to the public as an interpretation space, a community resource room and a public toilet, including separate provision for an accessible toilet. This will complement the wider National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund landscape project to ‘reveal, revive and restore’ the 18th century English Landscape Pleasure Garden.
The almshouses renovation will cost around £1.3m and will be funded jointly by The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes Council and a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.
Ben Allott, Head of Property at The Parks Trust said, “the prominent position of the almshouses within the historic landscape makes them an ideal location for a new lease of life as a community hub and interpretation space. The restoration of the almshouses demonstrates how the collaborative relationship between Milton Keynes Council and The Parks Trust can lead beneficial outcomes, in this case for MK’s people and its heritage”.
The renovation works will take around 8 months from the grant of planning permission.
For more information about the Great Linford Manor Park project, visit www.theparkstrust.com/glmp. To find out more about the park and the almshouses history, visit www.greatlinfordhistory.co.uk.