Wolverton was visited by several famous people during the mid 19th century, when it was new enough and important enough to attract the "stars" of the day. One of these was a man called George Cruikshank, little known today but in his own time a household name.
One of his favourite targets as a caricaturist was to portray King George IV in ridiculous situations. One one occasion he was offered £100 (two years' annual income for many) by the royal household not to "caricatures royal majesty in any immoral situation." It would be gratifying to report that Cruikshank was high-minded enough to turn down the money, but he took the bribe.
Cruikshank became the most popular illustrator of his day and collaborated with Charles Dickens on books, and in particular Oliver Twist.
His private life was, shall we say, colourful. He first married Mary Anne Walker, who died in 1849, and then Eliza Widgeon in 1851. After his death it was discovered that he had fathered 11 illegitimate children with a former servant, Adelaide Attree. She had been ensconced in a house nearby to his own.
George Cruikshank, 1836
He died on 1 February 1878, aged 85.