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Bradwell Abbey and The Swan Inn

On my way back from the Milton Keynes Museum, I discovered Bradwell Abbey.

“Bradwell Abbey is the site and remains of a medieval Benedictine Priory and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (no.19062). Nationally it is significant because it contains the greater part of the medieval precinct of a priory, a relatively unusual survival, with a rare standing building – a dedicated pilgrimage chapel with a scheme of stunning contemporary wall paintings.

Locally it is important because it is one of a number of historic sites in and around Milton Keynes that provide major insights into the medieval history of the area and it is an important local wildlife site. The site has a strong historic identity, providing a potential focus in the development of a sense of place for the community of Milton Keynes.” (from the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre website).

…but unfortunately it was closed for repairs…

…so I headed off in search of an old pub for some lunch and discovered The Swan Inn – a beautiful 13th century, thatched-roof inn…

…but it was closed for renovation as well…  Oh, well…  🙂

I do love the sign!

~ Bella

What a lovely way to spend a couple of hours...  A wonderful group of volunteers works tirelessly all year to pull together this annual event, honouring and celebrating those who fought in and lived through WWII, and 'kept the home fires burning'... ~ Bella
Another lovely day for a drive, and this time I went in search of the Grand Union Canal...   Perfect place to sit under the shade of an umbrella and have lunch... ...and watch the world float by...

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