Milton KeynesMilton Keynes is a large town in Buckinghamshire in England. It was one of the "new towns" built during the 1960s to allow for urban expansion in the southeast of England. The town has a population of around 180,000. It is administered as part of the county of Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes was not named after John Milton and John Maynard Keynes: it was instead named after a village that already existed on the site of the proposed new town. The village was renamed Middleton in 1991, to distinguish it from the town.
Milton Keynes is in the Guinness Book of Records 2001 for having the longest shopping mall, at 720m long. It also has Europe's largest indoor ski-slope, with real snow. Milton Keynes is the home of the Open University, the National Hockey Stadium and the National Badminton Centre.
The town's layout was planned on the basis of a prediction of a high level of car ownership by its inhabitants. The road scheme is based on a grid of "horizontal" and "vertical" roads, intersecting in many roundabouts of similar design. The famous concrete cows, life sized, painted statues intended to convey a pastoral impression to onlookers, are located close to one of these.