Thursday, November 29, 2012
Following from the previous post, here is a plan in a little more detail for the land acquisition of 1864. This allowed for works expansion.
There are two structures here which had to go, a barn close to the Stratford Road and a canal bridge. Both show on the 1835 OS map, so one assumes that the barn pre-dated the canal and the bridge was erected in 1800 to provide access to this barn and to the Old Wolverton Road. There are some clauses in the bill of sale that require the company to dismantle the bridge and build a new one at their own expense. The bridge was certainly dismantled, but I am not sure that a replacement was built.
I haven't looked into this, but there may possibly be some remaining evidence of the bridge supports along the towpath. I would be most interested if anyone can find them.
These plans here give some detail about the growth of the railway and Wolverton Town itself in the first 25 years.
The section marked AA was the original purchase, essentially just the line itself because there was no firm intention to build workshops at Wolverton. 27 acres in 1837, one year before the completion of the railway.
Section B was an 8 acre parcel which was for the workshop and some housing. The B is not accurately placed on this map as it is really the part north of the Stratford Road.
Section C, south of the Stratford Road was a 13 acre parcel used for the second station and housing. This land accommodated the "Little Streets."
No more land was made available by the Trust until 1858 when the strip that you would recognise as Church Street and the Stratford Road was purchased. Building started here in 1860. At the same time more land was purchased north of the Stratford Road for workshop expansion. It was about this time that some of the early northern cottages were demolished to connect the workshops.
At the end of 1866 the Company purchased another field which was to become Buckingham Street, Aylesbury Street, The Square, Radcliffe Street, Bedford Street and Oxford Street.
I am intrigued by the little yellow square at the western end of the new railway works land which is designated "Foreman's House". I have looked through the 1871 Census but can find no reference there, so I wonder if it was ever built?