Monday, July 25, 2016

Local History Books

A bout seven years ago I decided to write and then publish books about the history of Wolverton and district. Since that time the numbers have grown and there are more on the way. this might be a good time to review the titles.

These books are available to purchase on our updated website at http://www.magicflutepublications.co.uk/index.html

The Lost Streets of Wolverton describes the development of the first railway town from 1838 and its first decade.

I Grew up in Wolverton is a collection of conversations from a Facebook group with many recollections of growing up in the post war town before Milton Keynes came into being.


This was followed by a second collection.

Wolverton was not always a railway town. In the middle ages is was the centre of a large barony with a castle, and throughout this period remained a rich manor. Stony Stratford was created on the Wolverton side at the end of the 12th century and in the 18th century the manor was sold to Dr John Radcliffe and the income from the estate was used to fund to fund the Radcliffe Ifirmaryand the Rdcliffe Library in Oxford.

Stony Stratford became famous for its roadside inns and in the late middle ages was a stopping point for English kings and their entourages and was the site of some famous events. In the 18th and early 19th century Stony stratford was an important staging post. All of the known inns throughout history are recorded in this book together with a full history of the town and its hostelries.

Wolverton played a critical role in the 1914-1918 war. Many young men from the railway works and McCorquodales were quick to enlist and many of their roles were filled by women back at home. the works was used to manufacture munitions and the railway network was essential in supplying troops and goods to the front. John Taylor describes in these two detailed volumes a very different world where many decisions were locally driven.

Bryan Dunleavy describes how brick buildings reshaped rural North Bucks, starting with the "Little Streets" and gradually moving westward. New Bradwell was created in the 1850s and in the 1870s Stony stratford began to expand along the Wolverton Road. The story closes after 100 years in 1939, when the major phases of these town's redbrick development had come to an end.

If you are interested in ordering any of the books please go to: http://www.magicflutepublications.co.uk/index.html



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