Category Archives: Wolverton Works

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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Omnibus Shop

The Omnibus Shop is sited on the south side of the east repair shop. This shop was for the construction and repair of all light road vehicles.   Here five shops are under the one roof.   All vehicles coming into are … Continue reading

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General Offices

In 1879 the gas works on gas street was relocated to the south and the old gas works and holder were demolished.  The site was redeveloped as the general office block for the works. It was a very large building with two … Continue reading

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The Works Messroom

The works messroom was built in 1871 and was a large 2 story building with a single pitch room.   In 1880 the messroom was enlarged and became a 3 story two gabled building which could seat 2000 men for dinner. … 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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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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The Reading Room

The Wolverton Works Reading Room was build in 1843 along the side of the canal and was smaller than what it is now. The Reading Room was built for the employees of the works to further their eduction or just … Continue reading

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Works Sawmill

The next building in my Wolverton works past and present blog  is the sawmill. Built in 1865 the sawmill was a very extensive and laid out shop and has all the machinery you expect to find many of which are … Continue reading

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Joiners shop/Carpenters shop

The Carpenters Shop was also built in 1860 and is situated between the Saw Mill and Smithy Shop. All kinds of furniture and fittings are made here for the offices around the Works and stations on the LNWR lines. It … Continue reading

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The works smithy shop

The Smithy Shop was built in 1860 and extended in 1900, it is a fine building of 350 feet long and 90 feet wide. The activities contained within this shop was of springmakers, forgemen, smiths and boilermakers. The Smithy Shop … Continue reading

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My First Impression of Wolverton

Collected via Discover Milton Keynes as part of the City of Firsts exhibition, when visitors were asked to tell us some of their ‘firsts’. This gentleman told us his story but wished to remain anonymous as he thought it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Wolverton 150 Celebrations (1988)

This was a reminiscence from Jenny Bennett collected via Discover Milton Keynes during the Big Players of Milton Keynes in Sports, Arts and Media exhibition: I remember when I was 8 when the Wolverton 150 Celebrations were on in 1988, … Continue reading

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The Market Hall

The Market Hall was built in 1840 and was used as such until the fire of 1906. After that it was  a gas shop and in 1933 the Railway Veterans Institute was formed and used the ground floor. The old … 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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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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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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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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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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‘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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