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.

Under demolition

A full history of this building can be found here.

1 comment:

Andrew said...

I never saw the Gables, but I do recall The Elms as the Green Lane end of Moon Street being a slightly more grand residence. I aslo recall seeing the fire that rendered it derelict for years. I am pleased to see that it is restored now. I think it was originally the home of the works physician?

I always thought of The Beeches as being grander than their surroundings (near the Green Lane water tower between Osbourne Street and Cambridge Street, opposite Tennis Club. Not sure how enjoyed living there.