Friday, January 28, 2011

Around the Stratford Road Bridge

This photograph was taken in 1919 to mark the return of the 1st Bucks Batallion from the War. The photo, probably taken from an upstairs room in the Royal Engineer, gives us a view of what used to be there.

The bridge, which still carries the Stratford Road, is seen on the left in the distance. The buildings in the foreground on the left were probably newish at the time of the photograph. The wrought iron railings guard against the drop into Gas Street. Before the bridge on the left are the Works Main Offices which burned down in the 1980s. The Gas Street houses were pulled down in the 1890s. The building on the right was the original Market Hall. It was gutted by fire in 1906 but rebuilt as a laundry. Later it became a Veteran's Club. There is still a building on this site but much modified from the original.

You can also see tramlines in this picture. The tram offered a regular service between Wolverton and Stony Stratford and at one time even ran to Deanshanger.

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