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All Saints, Milton Keynes
within Buckinghamshire

All Saints, Milton Keynes
Nothing is known of the first church to be built in Milton Keynes, but it seems possible that it was in the vicinity of the Saxon burial ground discovered in 1992 close to the old Rectory. The earliest known church in the present location on the opposite side of Willen Road from the Rectory, dates from about 1200. Most of the glebe land owned by the church was on the east side of the road adjacent to the Rectory, so it seems possible that the ancient church was there, although of course we cannot be certain.
Of the church built in about 1200, very little remains except the chancel arch which has handsome late Norman / Early English capitals. The present structure dates from an extensive rebuilding undertaken in about 1330 by the lord of the manor Philip de Aylesbury.
All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK
It would seem that he was a man of considerable means because the church he built has expensive detailing in the masonry which would more often have been found in much more important buildings. It has a very unconventional layout with the chancel arch off-centre from the nave. We cannot be certain why this was done, but it seems possible that the earlier (1200) church had a north aisle with an arcade of pillars, and when the rebuild was done it was decided to incorporate the aisle into the nave. In any event it enabled Philip de Aylesbury (or more likely his immediate heirs) to build a large chantry chapel to the north of the Chancel where masses could be said for the repose of his soul. The tracery of the windows and many other features make All Saints a very good example of a church of the decorated period.
Like most other churches, All Saints has been restored throughout its life.
All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK
All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK
All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK All Saints Church, Milton Keynes, UK


A grave stone in the cemetery of All Saints Church
In memory of

Tom

the beloved child of

Thomas & Susanna York

born May 13th
died December 1st 1873

Suffer little children,
and forbid them not,
to come unto me:
for of such is
the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 19 14
Thomas York was born in Emberton abt. 1842
and was a farmer of 445 acres.
Susanna York was born in Ravenstone abt. 1846.

Following children belonged to the family in 1881:
Gertrude M. York, 14 years old (born abt. 1867)
Herbert T. York, 11 years old (born abt. 1870)
Leonard York, 9 years old (born abt. 1872)
Milanea(?) York, 5 years old (born abt. 1876)
Frances L. York, 3 years old (born abt. 1878)
Reginald A. York, 1 year old (born abt. 1880)
All children were born in Milton Keynes.
Thomas Burgess was born in abt. 1842 in Milton Keynes and was a labourer.
Martha Burgess was born 1809 also in Milton Keynes.

Following child belonged to the family in 1851:
Lavinia, lacemaker, born abt. 1837
John, scholar, born abt. 1842
Henry, scholar, born abt. 1848
Thomas, born abt. 1849
A grave stone in the cemetery of All Saints Church
In affectionate remembrance of

Thomas Burgess

who died August 9th 1890
aged 78 years

Also of

Martha

wife of the above
who died October 4th 1890
aged 81 years

Also of

Levenia

daughter of the above
who died November 17th 1859
aged 22 years
A grave stone in the cemetery of All Saints Church
In loving(?) memory of

Elizabeth

daughter of

William & Mary
Bayliss

of Daventry, Northamptonshire

who fell asleep November 4th 1897

aged 71 years
Elizabeth Bayliss worked as servant for the farmer George Payne.
No census tells about a husband. It seems she never married.
A grave stone in the cemetery of All Saints Church
Sacred
to the memory of
Mary, wife of

John Simms

who died December 1 1830
aged 65 years

Also Pethath ?? Fountain

son of the above
died May 28 1808, aged 20 years

Also Na???

daughter of the above
died December 20 1818
aged 19 years
A grave stone in the cemetery of All Saints Church
Sacred
to the memory of

Henry Green

who died July 5 1822
aged 50 years

Also

Rebekah

wife of

Henry Green

died March 10 1843
aged 73 years


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