The name given to the Oldbrook grid square of Milton Keynes is a version of the field name Holbrook known to have designated the area in 1850. Oldbrook, which comes within the Campbell Park parish of the city, is one of the four areas closest to the city centre and its extensive shopping facilities. Construction of housing in the area began in June 1973.
The estate's roads are named after cricketing terms or famous cricketers. It is said that the street layout is based on the markings of a cricket pitch.
Oldbrook is on several bus routes from, amongst other places, the railway and bus stations, Milton Keynes General hospital, Bletchley and the city centre. It is about five minutes' drive from the railway station and twelve minutes' drive from Junction 14 of the M1.
Oldbrook's main landmark, the Cricketers pub, run by Greene King, overlooks the green. It was opened in 1983 by cricketer Mike Selvey who was capped three times for England.
Next door to the pub is the Oldbrook Meeting Place, used by many local community groups and a childcare group, and as a polling station during elections, and which can be booked for most events such as wedding receptions.
The only school on the estate, Oldbrook First School, opened in 1995. It caters for about 240 pupils from age five upwards. Other schools that take children from this area are Meadfurlong Middle School, Milton Keynes Academy, St Paul's Catholic High School and Milton Keynes College. For further details of the local schools, visit MKWeb's education guide. The Woughton campus with all its learning facilities is within walking distance.
The local church, The Christian Centre in Strudwick Drive, was opened in 1986. It runs a nursery and playgroup and other activities for the benefit of the local community. There are also Anglican and Roman Catholic churches nearby.
The estate has a sports and social club which manages the Oldbrook Green. This stretch of pleasant parkland is enjoyed and used by both residents and sports groups and has its own pavilion, with off-road parking and seating nearby.
The estate is well served by shops on Oldbrook Boulevard, with two small units, one a newsagent, the other a mini supermarket. The local centre at the other, western end of the Boulevard has a large supermarket (Lidl), a Tesco store, a Blockbuster video shop and a take-away pizza store, all with ample off-road parking. There is also a Chinese restaurant adjacent to the Grafton Retail Park, a bulk-purchase off-licence store, a snowboard shop and a private nursery situated here.
Oldbrook has a good quality mix of housing to suit all tastes and budgets and a range of homeowners, from single people to large families. The housing is both owner-occupied and housing association.
Bexter House is a sheltered housing scheme of 30 flats, run by Milton Keynes Council, designed for the elderly with a caretaker living in the scheme. It has a guest room which can be booked for a relative to stay overnight. Also situated in Oldbrook is another scheme of shared-ownership bungalows for the elderly. Both of these schemes are connected to the community alarm system control centre and an operator can call the emergency services or a relative if help is needed.
Boundary Place, a development offering three separate office buildings with units for small to medium-sized businesses, has recently been completed, complementing Oldbrook House standing opposite on Boycott Avenue.
Visit the business guide on MKWeb for details of estate agents and lettings companies.