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Milton Keynes Historic Environment Record (HER) is maintained by the Conservation and Archaeology Team at Milton Keynes Council and covers the unitary authority of Milton Keynes in the north-east of the historic county of Buckinghamshire. A separate record is maintained by Buckinghamshire County Council for the remainder of the county.

The Milton Keynes authority area is predominantly a landscape of rolling clay vale bisected by the valleys of the River Great Ouse and its tributary the Ouzel or Lovat which meet at Newport Pagnell. The area is dominated by the New Town of Milton Keynes which was designated in 1967 and constructed from the early 1970s on - the original plan being completed in early 2008. The New Town incorporates 13 historic villages; many of which are now preserved as conservation areas in addition to the existing towns of Bletchley, Stony Stratford and Wolverton. The remaining two thirds of the authority are rural comprising a characteristic midlands landscape of small farming villages and historic market towns such as Olney and Newport Pagnell which occupy the limestone belt to the north. To the south and east the authority is bounded by the distinctive wooded scarp of the Greensand Ridge striped with the settlements of the Brickhill villages and the 19th century resort town of Woburn Sands. The area is also home to the unique Victorian and Edwardian railway town and former works at Wolverton to the north-west of the New Town, in addition to the internationally-renowned World War Two code-breaking centre at Bletchley Park.

Milton Keynes HER aims to record all aspects of the areas rich heritage: Archaeological sites, events (excavations, surveys, architectural recording etc), historic landscapes and significant buildings. The records were originally compiled for planning purposes but have always been consulted by researchers, students and those with an interest in their local historic environment. The Historic Environment Record is compiled, maintained and continually developed by the Conservation and Archaeology Team at Milton Keynes Council who hold the copyright. This online version of the Milton Keynes Historic Environment Record is not authorised for commercial re-use of the information.