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52°01′31″N0°40′36″W / 52.0252°N 0.6767°W / 52.0252; -0.6767 Coordinates: 52°01′31″N0°40′36″W / 52.0252°N 0.6767°W / 52.0252; -0.6767

Wavendon is a village and civil parish [2] in the south east of the Milton Keynes urban area, in Buckinghamshire, England.

Milton Keynes urban area human settlement in United Kingdom

Milton Keynes is a large town in (ceremonial) Buckinghamshire. The Milton Keynes urban area or Milton Keynes Built-up Area is a designation established by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics. As with other urban areas, it includes settlements that are physically contiguous with the rest of the built up area but regard themselves as being outside it: the urban area includes Newport Pagnell and Woburn Sands.

Buckinghamshire County of England

Buckinghamshire, abbreviated Bucks, is a ceremonial county in South East England which borders Greater London to the south east, Berkshire to the south, Oxfordshire to the west, Northamptonshire to the north, Bedfordshire to the north east and Hertfordshire to the east.


History and geography

The village name is an Old English language word, and means 'Wafa's hill'. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 969 the village was recorded as Wafandun. The ancient village lies just outside the 1967 designated area of Milton Keynes . The ecclesiastic parish of Wavendon anciently contained the hamlet of Woburn Sands (originally known as 'Hogsty End, [3] Wavendon'), which became a separate civil parish in 1907. The parishes are separated by the Marston Vale line.

Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is the earliest historical form of the English language, spoken in England and southern and eastern Scotland in the early Middle Ages. It was brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers probably in the mid-5th century, and the first Old English literary works date from the mid-7th century. After the Norman conquest of 1066, English was replaced, for a time, as the language of the upper classes by Anglo-Norman, a relative of French. This is regarded as marking the end of the Old English era, as during this period the English language was heavily influenced by Anglo-Norman, developing into a phase known now as Middle English.

<i>Anglo-Saxon Chronicle</i> Set of related medieval English chronicles

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle is a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons. The original manuscript of the Chronicle was created late in the 9th century, probably in Wessex, during the reign of Alfred the Great. Multiple copies were made of that one original and then distributed to monasteries across England, where they were independently updated. In one case, the Chronicle was still being actively updated in 1154.

Hamlet (place) Small human settlement in a rural area

A hamlet is a small human settlement. In different jurisdictions and geographies, hamlets may be the size of a town, village or parish, be considered a smaller settlement or subdivision or satellite entity to a larger settlement. The word and concept of a hamlet have roots in the Anglo-Norman settlement of England, where the old French hamlet came to apply to small human settlements. In British geography, a hamlet is considered smaller than a village and distinctly without a church.

The Stables

The village is best known today for being the location of the Stables Theatre live music venue, and the "Wavendon All-music Plan" music summer schools. The venue is the brainchild of the late Sir John Dankworth and his wife, Dame Cleo Laine (who continues to live in the village).

The Stables is a music venue situated in Wavendon, a small village on the south-east edge of Milton Keynes. The Stables hosts over 350 concerts and around 250 education events a year including the National Youth Music Camps which take place over the summer.

John Dankworth British musician

Sir John Phillip William Dankworth, CBE, also known as Johnny Dankworth, was an English jazz composer, saxophonist, clarinetist and writer of film scores. With his wife, jazz singer Dame Cleo Laine, he was a music educator and also her music director.

Cleo Laine English jazz singer and an actress

Dame Cleo Laine is an English jazz and pop singer and an actress, known for her scat singing and for her vocal range. Though her natural range is that of a contralto, she is able to produce a G above high C, giving her an overall compass of well over three octaves.

Wavendon Tower

Wavendon Tower is a large country house with substantial modern additions on the edge of the village. During the Second World War it was used as a recording studio for black propaganda. [4] From 1969 to the late 1970s, it was the base for the Milton Keynes Development Corporation. Until 2011 it was an operating centre for Scicon (subsequently EDS). [5] In 2012, Landar Limited, an automotive management consultancy, moved into Wavendon Tower. [6]

Black propaganda

Black propaganda is a form of propaganda which is intended to create the impression that it was created by those it is supposed to discredit. Black propaganda contrasts with grey propaganda which does not identify its source, and white propaganda which does not disguise its origins at all. It is typically used to vilify, embarrass, or misrepresent the enemy.

Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC) was a development corporation operating from 1967 to 1992 oversee the planning and early development of Milton Keynes, a new town midway between London and Birmingham.

Electronic Data Systems American multinational information technology equipment and services company

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) was an American multinational information technology equipment and services company headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Expansion plans for Milton Keynes

In the expansion plans for Milton Keynes, it was proposed that Wavendon would become a part of the city and a neighbourhood centre, in a similar way to the other towns and villages that provided the roots of early Milton Keynes districts. However, following the 2010 general election, the new Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government cancelled the expansion plans of the outgoing Labour government. Consequently, it is not clear whether or when (if at all) the expansion plan will be realised.

In January 2004, Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott announced the United Kingdom government's Expansion plans for Milton Keynes However, the change of government in 2010 and the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategy in 2012/13 saw these plans revoked and a planned expansion of up to 44,000 dwellings reduced to 28,000. The Milton Keynes Core Strategy was published in July 2013 and regards the figure of 28,000 new homes to be the minimum figure.

2010 United Kingdom general election election of members to the House of Commons in 2010

The 2010 United Kingdom general election was held on Thursday, 6 May 2010, with 45,597,461 registered voters entitled to vote to elect members to the House of Commons. The election took place in 650 constituencies across the United Kingdom under the first-past-the-post system. None of the parties achieved the 326 seats needed for an overall majority. The Conservative Party, led by David Cameron, won the largest number of votes and seats, but still fell 20 seats short. This resulted in a hung parliament where no party was able to command a majority in the House of Commons. This was only the second general election since the Second World War to return a hung parliament, the first being the February 1974 election. Unlike in 1974, the potential for a hung parliament had this time been widely considered and predicted, and both the country and politicians were better prepared for the constitutional process that would follow such a result. The coalition government that was subsequently formed was the first coalition in British history to eventuate directly from an election outcome. The hung parliament came about in spite of the Conservatives managing both a higher vote total and higher share of the vote than the previous Labour government had done in 2005, when it secured a comfortable majority.

Nevertheless, Milton Keynes Borough Council has proposed plans to add developments to the west and north-east of the village. [7]

Since the 2011 National Census, the Office for National Statistics shows Wavendon as part of the Milton Keynes built-up area. [8]

Magna Park

Magna Park is a large distribution site on the part of Wavendon civil parish east of the A421 (and in the 'Eastern Expansion Area', one element of the expansion plans for Milton Keynes that has gone ahead. In 2012 its occupants included John Lewis and River Island, both of which have very large distribution centres. The site is at the south-east edge of Milton Keynes, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from M1 Junction 13 or about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Junction 14 via Fenn Street, Broughton (former A5130). Access is from the A421.

Notable residents

Jazz artists John Dankworth and Cleo Laine shared a home in Wavendon from the late 1960s. [9] They founded The Stables Theatre, Wavendon in 1970 in what was the old stables block in the grounds of their home. It was an immediate success with forty seven concerts given in the first year. The venue was completely rebuilt in 2000, with a subsequent development in 2007 to create Stage 2. The venue now presents over 350 concerts and around 250 education events in its two auditoria; the 400 seat Jim Marshall Auditorium, and smaller studio space at Stage 2.

See also

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Magna Park is a large distribution site on the part of Wavendon civil parish that east of the A421. In 2012 its occupants included John Lewis and River Island, both of which have very large distribution centres. The site is at the south-east edge of Milton Keynes, about 3 miles (4.8 km) from M1 Junction 13. It is also about 2 miles (3.2 km) from Junction 14 via Fenn Street, Broughton, a residential route. Access is from the A421, at the sculpture of Greg Rutherford ..


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  5. Wavendon Tower redevelopment  Scicon Connect
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  7. Strategic Land Allocation Development Framework  Milton Keynes Borough Council
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