This blog is about Wolverton in Buckinghamshire,more particularly about its past, ancient and nearly modern. The area covered by the former Wolverton UDC is covered in this blog, and therefore includes Stony Stratford and New Bradwell. I take as my end point the period when the new 19th century railway town was absorbed into the newer development of Milton Keynes. The blog is a way of recording and publishing my notes and inviting comments and revisions of my memories from others.
Friday, September 23, 2011
The Gables goes under the wrecker's ball
The Gables in 1890
After 50 years of modestly-built houses for various grades of employees, Wolverton finally got a large house for its most senior employees, the Works Superintendent, It was built at the end of Ledsam Street on an acre or two of unused railway land. The new, ample, but not particularly grand house was to be called The Gables. The picture above if probably the first ever photograph of the newly completed building. Later photographs tended to show walls thickly covered with ivy.
The Gables had a relatively short history and only seventy years later was torn down. In its place the Council erected a tower block with all the inadequacies of 1960s steel and concrete design. It was named The Gables in a nod to its predecessor. Ironically, it seems set fair to outlast the Victorian building in age.
A full history of this building can be found here.