Category Archives: Archive

Mr Jack Rowledge

He was born and lived in Thompson Street until 1916. Very happy community in Bradwell.  When they moved to Wolverton they went into a different atmosphere – People leaving New Bradwell and buying new homes in Wolverton.  Writer in “Daily … Continue reading

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The Agora, Wolverton

The Agora is one of the most controversial buildings in Wolverton. It was designed and built by the Milton Keynes Development Corporation in the mid seventies. It was intended to be a central meeting point for commercial, social and sporting activities. … Continue reading

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Royal Visit – Wolverton Railway Works 11th March 1948

Brilliant sunshine and cheering crowds greeted Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth on her visit to Wolverton Works to view the coach that had been built for her and the Duke of Edinburgh. Whilst officially termed a ‘private visit’ over 5000 … Continue reading

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The finishing shop, staining and plastics shop

The Finishing shop is a large building backing onto Stratford road with three roof lines the buildings was built in 1883 opposite the Traction shop all finishing work was undertaken in this shop cabinet work for all coaches was done . During the … Continue reading

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Past and Present – The Picture Palace

The Picture Palace, Stratford Road, Wolverton on the left shows the Palais de Danse starring Mabel Poulton, possible date late 1920’s The old Picture Palace, Stratford Road, Wolverton currently the home to the Faith Dimensions Ministries, picture taken in 2010

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Past and Present – The Congregational Church

The Congregational Church on The Square, Wolverton. View shows the tower and the corner of the memorial garden, unknown date. The old Congregational Church on The Square, Wolverton, changed to the local based charity Milton Keynes Christian Foundation, picture taken … Continue reading

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The Little Streets in Wolverton

The ‘little streets’ in Wolverton  – Ledsam Street, Glyn Square, Young Street and Creed Street were built by the London and North Western Railway Company between 1840 and 1846 to house its workers. This photo, taken in the 1960s before … Continue reading

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Toc H fundraising event

False moustaches imitate actor Jimmy Edwards Toc H, a local men’s organisation that raised funds for distressed ex-servicemen, organised annual fund-raising events that involved dressing up and fun.  In 1957 they were inspired by the release of the film Three … Continue reading

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‘The Pineapple’ sports pavilion in Wolverton

Avant garde building that fell out of favour When Wolverton Sports Club approached Milton Keynes Development Corporation for help for a new sports pavilion to replace their rotting wooden one, they were offered the services of Swiss architect Pierre Botschi, … Continue reading

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Wolverton’s Second Station

The second train station was built in 1840 just down the line from the first station. The station was probably the finest of all three stations . It took only about five months to build and had the most wonderful refreshment rooms … 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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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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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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Oxford Street, Wolverton 1981

Street Party celebrating the wedding of Charles and Diana.

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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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Volunteer – Bernard

I’ve been a volunteer at The Archive for a few years now. I joined one of the Creative IT courses run by Mel and Alison and stayed on to join various archiving projects. Nowadays I help with archiving and also … Continue reading

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Wolverton Works – Past and Present

Wolverton Railway Works was established in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, by the London and Birmingham Railway Company in 1838 at the midpoint of the 112 mile-long route from London to Birmingham. The line was developed by Robert Stephenson At first, the Works … Continue reading

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A Potted History of Wolverton

The area of Wolverton is considered to have begun its history with the arrival of the railway in the early 19th century. However, there is a history to the area before the trains even arrived. The area of Old Wolverton … Continue reading

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