Industry and Commerce in Great Linford
Great Linford was once a bustling centre of commerce, with shops, farms and a variety of trades represented, including brick kilns, a stone mason, baker and a blacksmiths; there was even a bank run by the Lords of the Manor. The arrival of the grand junction canal in 1800 brought huge change, with an influx of new people and business. The subsequent building of the Newport Pagnell canal branch route, which was opened in 1817, would have made things even more hectic, with a purpose built wharf established to store, load and offload produce. The Newport Pagnell branch railway line that followed in 1867 brought even greater change, with the village now home to many men who were employed at the vast railway works at Wolverton.