Shenley Lodge is a community which was built and developed on farmland, and is an area in Milton Keynes. The Roman road of Watling Street runs past Shenley Lodge.
The oldest building in Shenley Lodge is the Old Beams. This was built around 1600, called East Green Farm. For a time the farm was called Shenley Lodge and that is where the area inherited its name.
Today the Old Beams is an extremely popular restaurant and bar. Local residents remember fondly when the farm hosted its annual fete and villagers could have donkey rides and swim in the outdoor swimming pool.
ENERGY WORLD EXHIBITION
In 1972 came the increase in oil prices. Milton Keynes Developement Coorporation took the initiative in hosting a permanent exhibition of 50 houses. The streets were named after famous scientists and great pioneers of our time. The development brief stated it was necessary for each house to be at least 30% more energy efficient than similar houses at that time.
Shenley Lodge was further developed with more energy efficient housing in many areas, and local people now have experienced the financial savings and have enjoyed the experience of piloting new initiatives in energy efficiency.
A windmill was erected as part of the exhibition which powered 8/10 houses. Unfortunately this is no longer there and was taken away in 1999 or 2000.
DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNITY
There was an old community house in the area, and the local Windmill Lodge Playgroup was established by a group of mums who had got together.