Willen Tales

Willen in the 60s

Before the coming of Milton Keynes in the late 1960's, Willen was an isolated community where farming had continued more or less unchanged for decades. These photographs were taken before the development of the new city started.
Cows in a buttercup meadow behind the cottages, to the east of Milton Rd.
The chairman of the Development Corporation, William Campbell, thought that Willen was the prettiest village in the new city. The combination of the unspoiled cottages and the position of the church was to be preserved and new development kept outside the village edge.
Next Page to find out what it was like to live in Willen then.
The view of the back of the cottages along Milton Rd., taken from about where Lime Walk meets Aldrich Drive. The crop in the field is rape.