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Bradwell, Milton Keynes

Bradwell is an ancient village, and now also the name of a New City grid-square including the old village; it has also given its name to a modern civil parish that (since 1967) is part of Milton Keynes.[2] The village was adjacent to Bradwell Abbey, a Benedictine priory, founded in 1155 and dissolved in about 1540, but the abbey and its immediate environs were always a separate parish.

Bradwell Windmill - near Bradwell village, though actually in Bradville grid square and Stantonbury parish
Bradwell is located in Milton Keynes
Mapping © OpenStreetMap
Bradwell is located in Buckinghamshire
Bradwell shown within Buckinghamshire
Population9,657 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP835395
Civil parish
  • Bradwell
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtMK13
Dialling code01908
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°03′00″N 0°47′13″W / 52.05°N 0.787°W / 52.05; -0.787Coordinates: 52°03′00″N 0°47′13″W / 52.05°N 0.787°W / 52.05; -0.787

The village name is an Old English language word and means broad spring. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Bradewelle.

There is an YHA youth hostel in the village at grid reference SP 831,395 on the Sustrans National Cycle Network.


Civil ParishEdit

Bradwell also constitutes a civil parish, consisting of the Bradwell village grid square along with Bradwell Abbey, Heelands, Rooksley, and Bradwell Common. The parish had a population of 9,389 according to the 2001 census. The parish is bounded by the railway line and the A5 to the west, Monks Way to the north, Saxon Street to the east, and the Portway to the south.

Sport and LeisureEdit

Bradwell has a Non-League football team Old Bradwell United F.C. who play at Abbey Road, where there is a large sports field with a cricket pitch and several football pitches. The Old Bradwell Tennis Club is also affiliated to the Bradwell Sports and Social Club which has the use of these facilities. There is also a separate Bradwell Bowls Club which enters competitive teams in the local league.

Adjoining the sports field is the Bradwell Conservation Area, which is centered on St Lawrence's Field and is administered by the parish council as a nature conservation area.

On Vicarage Road is the Bradwell Memorial Hall, built as the village's war memorial after World War I. This is available to hire.

On Primrose Road is King George's Field in memorial to King George V with a children's play area.

Rooksley, at the western edge of the parish, has an important Karting track (not in Bradwell parish).


Bradwell compared
2001 UK Census Bradwell ward Milton Keynes UA England
Population 12,445 207,057 49,138,831
Foreign born 11.7% 9.9% 9.2%
White 88.4% 90.7% 90.9%
Asian 4.6% 4.5% 4.6%
Black 4.0% 2.4% 2.3%
Christian 61.6% 65.5% 71.7%
Muslim 3.1% 2.3% 3.1%
Hindu 1.5% 1.3% 1.1%
No religion 23.7% 21.6% 14.6%
Unemployed 3.7% 3% 3.3%
Retired 7.8% 9% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census, the Bradwell electoral ward had a population of 12,445. (The ward has the same districts as the parish). The ethnicity was 88.4% white, 2.5% mixed race, 4.6% Asian, 4.0% black and 0.5% other. The place of birth of residents was 88.3% United Kingdom, 1% Republic of Ireland, 1.5% other Western European countries, and 9.2% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 61.6% Christian, 0.6% Buddhist, 1.5% Hindu, 0.4% Sikh, 0.3% Jewish, and 3.1% Muslim. 23.7% were recorded as having no religion, 0.6% had an alternative religion and 8.3% did not state their religion.[3]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 51.5% in full-time employment, 11.5% in part-time employment, 6.1% self-employed, 3.7% unemployed, 3.2% students with jobs, 2.8% students without jobs, 7.8% retired, 6.3% looking after home or family, 4.5% permanently sick or disabled and 2.7% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 22% retail, 13.6% manufacturing, 4.6% construction, 15.8% real estate, 7% health and social work, 6.8% education, 11% transport and communications, 4.6% public administration, 4.4% hotels and restaurants, 5.3% finance, 0.4% agriculture and 4.5% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in retail and transport and communications. There were a relatively low proportion in agriculture, health and social work, and construction. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 15.2% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (Civil Parish) Neighbourhood Statistics 2011, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived 8 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. – Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Retrieved 20 April 2008.

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