Friday, July 22, 2011

Changes in the Stratford Road

The first photo was probably taken mid-1960s with a telephoto lens - hence the foreshortening. McCorquodale buildings are on the left and of course the wall continues endlessly throughout Wolverton.

On the right you can see the Regent petrol sign at Michael Pages Garage at the corner of Jersey Road. Beyond is the old sign for the Craufurd Arms.

In the 1960s there was a huge increase in the volume of traffic on the Stratford Road as freight moved from the railways to the road and large trucks, known as "juggernauts" thundered down the road, shaking the house foundations.

Post Milton Keynes, new by-pass roads left the Stratford Road more-or-less open to local traffic only.

Some of the roof lines on these Stratford Road houses have changed and the lamp standards are newer. The north side has undergone a complete transformation with steel and glass buildings replacing the Victorian redbrick.

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