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Milton Keynes is a large and popular shopping town in Buckinghamshire, about 45 miles north-west of London. It is the administrative centre of the Borough of Milton Keynes. It was formally designated as a new town on 23 January 1967, with the design brief to become a city in scale.
The area that was to eventually become Milton Keynes encompassed a landscape that has a rich historic legacy. The area that was designated to be developed was mostly farmland and a plethora of several undeveloped villages, but the Milton Keynes area did show evidence of permanent settlement that dated back to the Bronze Age.
Before construction of the new town of Milton Keynes began, every area was subject to detailed archaeological investigation. This work has provided an unprecedented insight into the history of a very large sample of the landscape of south-central England. The very last thing that comes to mind about Milton Keynes is history. The modern boulevards, shops and houses do not make any hint of a rich history, but the Milton Keynes area has a very rich history and diverse indeed. There is clear evidence from the archaeological work done in the area of Stone Age activity, late Bronze Age and early Iron Age settlements, Romano-British, Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman artefacts and Medieval finds too. Then there are the late Industrial Revolution settlements such as the railway towns of Wolverton, with evidence of railway works found and Bletchley, which became better known for code breaking during the war. The most notable archaeological artefact was the Milton Keynes Hoard, which the British Museum described as #39;one of the biggest concentrations of Bronze Age gold known from Britain and seems to flaunt wealth.#39;.
Bletchley Park, the site of World War II allied code-breaking and Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic digital computer, is a major component of Milton Keynes modern history. It is now a flourishing heritage attraction, receiving hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
When the boundary of Milton Keynes was defined in 1967, about 40,000 people lived in three towns and fifteen villages or hamlets in the designated construction area that was to become Milton Keynes. All of these previously separate locations now were to fall within the boundary of Milton Keynes.
Some years ago, if you mentioned Milton Keynes to anyone in the United Kingdom, you could easily get the response of #39;isn#39;t that where those fake cows are#39;? The controversial concrete cows in Milton Keynes are an iconic work of sculpture that was created in 1978 by the American artist Liz Leyh. There are three cows and three calves, approximately half life size.
The Cows are constructed from scrap materials, and were skinned with fibre glass reinforced concrete that was donated to the artist by a local Milton Keynes builder.
Liz Leyh was an "artist-in-residence" in the early days of Milton Keynes and part of her role was to lead community participation in art. The Cows was one of a number of pieces created during her stay. Other examples of her work here include The Owl and The Pussy Cat at Netherfield and a concrete mural near the leisure centre at Stantonbury. They were originally constructed at Stacey Hill Farm near Wolverton, where she had set up her studio. The base armatures were metal, with chicken wire used to create the general shape, then stuffed with newspaper. The original colouring of the cows was achieved using dyes. Some cows were brown. It is only through the council painting the cows that the uniform black and white has appeared. The artist also ensured that each cow had a heart shape used as part of the pattern on the cow skin.
Later commentators have interpreted it as an example of conceptual art: the artist poking fun at the preconceived notion of the new city, held by commentators who had never actually seen Milton Keynes, that it would consist entirely of concrete pavements where once there were fields, and where its deprived children would need models to know how real cows once looked. The reality of course was different: Milton Keynes Development Corporation was building "a city in the forest", with substantially more open green space than was to be found in many other cities. Furthermore, there are real farms with real cows within two miles of the site, and the cows are currently located in a real field.
On their site in a Milton Keynes public park, the Cows have been vandalised and modified. Sometimes they have simply been damaged, while at other times they have been painted pink, become zebras, become skeletal, had pyjama bottoms added, have been beheaded in the style of Damien Hirst, have been daubed with mad cow disease graffiti and even one of the calves was kidnapped, with ransom notes being delivered to the local papers. One of the cows was treated to the services of a papier-mache bull by some artistic and local wag. When the United Kingdom Culture Minister Kim Howells referred to modern art trends as "conceptual BS", the cows suddenly had concrete cow-pats added to the display as a retort to the minister#39;s comment.
The misconception that Milton Keynes is a sprawling concrete jungle has long been held by many. However, as stated above, the Milton Keynes area actually has more green open space than most large towns or even cities elsewhere in the United Kingdom.
Milton Keynes also boasts some very pleasant country sports destinations. There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Milton Keynes and one example of an outdoor pursuit to indulge in is fishing. Both course and game fishing are available in Milton Keynes, so whether it#39;s carp or pike that you want at the end of your line, or a hard fighting and tasty trout for the barbecue, Milton Keynes has so much more to offer than just shopping and concrete cows.
Splashbacks of Distinction have been manufacturing, supplying and fitting the very highest quality toughened glass splashbacks for a number of years. We are very proud of the relationship that we build with our clients and are often asked to return to carry out more installations at their properties.
So if you live in Milton Keynes, why not have a new toughened glass splashback to match the new town?
Because glass is such a versatile product, more and more people are discovering the benefits of having it play a larger role in the decor of their properties. Glass is ideal for shelves, shower screens and enclosures as well as the kitchen and bathroom splashbacks.
Splashbacks of Distinction are available to visit your Milton Keynes home to measure up and fit a quality glass splashback or one of our other toughened glass products. Glass is such a clean and modern medium for your home and you#39;d be surprised just how much glass can transform your home.
Splashbacks of Distinction ensure that only the finest quality toughened glass is used in all our products. We guarantee all of our work and are fully insured. We employ only trained and certified engineers. Splashbacks of Distinction never leave your property without ensuring you are totally satisfied with your beautiful new glass splashback, baluster, shelving or shower enclosure.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd