Monthly Archives: October 2010

Bill Billings and the Secret Garden sculpture

Bill Billings was an extraordinary character – lorry driver, poet, painter and community artist.  He created one of Milton Keynes’ most famous icons, the Dinosaur at Peartree Bridge, having earlier helped Liz Leyh make the Concrete Cows. He was a … Continue reading

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Wolverton Works first extension

In 1845 the Works built it’s first extension which is located across the main line to the east of the site Within  these new sheds were the Erection Shop, Spring-makers Shop, the Machine Repair Shop and  the Tender Shop which … Continue reading

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Archive Volunteers Evening out

On Saturday some of us went to the Persian Restaurant at the City Centre as none of us had tried Persian food, We were all pleased with the atmosphere and helpfulness of the staff. we elected to partake in the three course … Continue reading

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The Stony Stratford to Wolverton Tram

The Wolverton to Stony Stratford tramway was opened in 1887. The service was extended to run as far as the village of Deanshanger in 1888, but this part of the service was withdrawn within two years as it proved uneconomic … Continue reading

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Grass Seed

A digital story produced by Living Archive as part of a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The film below tells the story of Nellie Wood and how she became involved in  fundraising to support  the historical Wolverton Park.

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Football is my religion

A digital story produced by Living Archive as part of a grant awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The film below tells the story of Fred Hudson and how he showed his love and support for the local Wolverton Town … Continue reading

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The Rhythm Aces – Doug Dytham – Trombonist

The Wolverton Band comprised of twenty-four players, there were three trombones, a first, a second and a bass all the men worked in Wolverton Works. Doug won various medals, two gold were won on the violin when he was twenty-one, most … Continue reading

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A life-changing find

In 1974 I bought a box of old books from a second-hand furniture store in Milton Keynes.  When I got the box home and unpacked it there was a bundle of letters at the bottom.  My wife and I looked … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2009

I’ve lived in Wolverton since 1971 and I’m ashamed to say that in all that time I’d never been to a Remembrance Sunday Service at the War Memorial in the Square.  I took a video camera with me last year … Continue reading

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The image of Wolverton

I’ve lived in Wolverton since 1971 and I really do love it.  But let’s face it, Wolverton is not going to win many Glamorous Granny competitions so it’s really interesting when you meet others who live in other, superficially, more … Continue reading

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The Old Bath House Building

The Old Bath House currently the home of Living Archive was built in 1890 by the North Western Railway Company. It replaced the Green Lane Baths which were found to be insufficient for the largely increased population of Wolverton and neighbourhood. … Continue reading

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Old Bath House Community Centre, Wolverton

Please click on the OBHCC link below to find the regular activities/group meetings that are held in the Old Bath House Community Centre, 205 Statford Road, Wolverton. (along the main road in front of Tesco) The centre is available for hire but availability … Continue reading

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Life as a Wolverton Works employee from the eyes of his daughter

My father was born in 1901 at Wolverton. My grandfather was employed as a plumber in The Works  and my father his youngest son became a coach painter.and worked there until he retired at the age of 65yrs receiving a chiming mantle clock to … Continue reading

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When I starte volunteering for the Living Archive

In 2006 I saw an advert in the Local Newsletter about learning computers at the Living Archive in Wolverton. I went along to e what it was about and soon found I really enjoyed it. Learning about “going online” getting … Continue reading

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Linda

I was asked to join the living Archive voluteers and as I was interested in local history having been born and bred in New Bradwell  I can relate to local history and sometimes fill in the blanks I really enjoy … Continue reading

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Oxford Street, Wolverton 1981

Street Party celebrating the wedding of Charles and Diana.

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‘Sit in’ strike at Wolverton Works, 1925

My grandfather, Jack Wood, was a ‘finisher’ in the works but this photo shows him standing on a table, second from left, with some colleagues whilst entertaining the workers with some singing during a ‘sit in’ strike in 1925.  I’m … Continue reading

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Volunteer – Tracey

I have a keen interest in genealogy and social history, and am a transcriber on Ancestry’s World Archive Project. However, I also wanted to do something relevant to my own local area, so got involved with the Living Archive, having attended … Continue reading

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The Rockets

In the Mid 1950s we had our very own rock ‘n’ roll group called The Rockets. The original line up comprised five members:  Roy Church on guitar and vocals; Terry Carroll on Piano; Les Pittam on trumpet; David “Danny” Williams … Continue reading

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The Grand Old Lady of Aylesbury Street

The title of this story refers to Wyvern School in Aylesbury Street, Wolverton, which celebrated its centenary in 1996. It could equally refer to the person who was interviewed in 1985 as part of a Living Archive project. The interviewee … Continue reading

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