Thursday, September 12, 2013

Buckingham Street

Buckingham Street began the third phase of Wolverton's development. In the first phase in the 1840s all the cottages were built by the railway company.

In 1860, when the Stratford Road and Church Street was opened for development, the building was left to private contractors.

In the 1870s, the LNWR returned to building their own cottages and renting them to employees, but in Buckingham Street this was only done on the north side, so you can see here an identikit terrace of houses, all built by the same contractor.

However, on the south side, the plots were open to private development, which is why you see slight variations in the architecture, usually reflected in the design of doorways and windows.


Andy said...

Hi Bryan, I'm fascinated with Wolverton's history having recently moved to the town. Can you shed any light for me on the houses on the south side of Church Street, between the Agora and the backway - these also share a more or less identical design - were they also built by the LNWR? I have recently bought no 81 Church Street, and the deeds show the very first conveyance was from the LNWR to none other than James Edward McConnell in December 1861. Surely he was too high status to live in a relatively modest house, but why would he have owned it?

Bryan Dunleavy said...

You are right, he was too high status to have lived there. He leased Wolverton Park House at Wolverton Turn. He probably bought the lot and built the first house as an investment. All these houses were built 1860-1861 as a private development. Several of the better off Wolverton and Stony people built houses for this purpose. Richard Bore, another railway superintendent, owned three houses side-by-side along the Stratford Road.