Almost 100 years after The Elms was built, a couple moved into part of it and published this diary on the web. I do not know who they are, so I cannot attribute these remarks, but it is an interesting account of a year or two in the life of a house.
|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.
|First Form Wolverton Junior School 1952|
Another photo from Ian Turner. Here are some names supplied from Alan Cosford’s memory:
Front Row: Christopher Bear, 1?, 2?, 3?, Richard Mynard
Second Row Seated: 4?, Christine Goodridge, 6?, 7?, 8?, Miss Faux, 9?, 10?, 11? 12?, Peggy Marshall
Third Row: 13?, 14?, 15?, 16?, 17? 18? Rita Walker, 19?, 20?, 21?, 22?, Glenda Frisby
Back Row: Alan Cosford, 23?, David Snowden, 24?, Ian Turner, John Bennett, 25?, 26?, Malcolm Goodridge, 27?, Christopher Bull
Names-to-faces are welcome.
Phillip Webb has sent me another photo of the last days of the Little Streets. The vantage point is from a balcony of one of the then new flats.
At the time of this photo much of the east side of Ledsam Street and Young Street has been taken down, leaving that short row on the west side of Ledsam Street. Demolition is just starting. You can also see the roofs of some of the Creed Street shops.
The Science and Art Institute stands proud in its former splendour.
|Glyn Square – 1950s|
Wolverton is now on its fourth set of station buildings, although the site and the platforms remain as they have done since 1881.
Phillip Webb has just sent me these two photos which show the third station buildings in the process of demolition in 1990.
|Cambridge Street, looking towards Aylesbury Street|
|Cambridge Street, looking towards Buckingham Street|
These two rather grainy photos show Cambridge Street in the mid 1950s. On the corner of Buckingham Street was a haberdashery known as Mullins. It was bought by a Rowland Hunt a few years later.
|Back Street Kids!|
This photo from Ian Turner’s collection dates from 1949 or 1950 and portrays some of the children who lived in houses on the lower section of Cambridge and Windsor Streets and some from Church Street. Back Alleys were favourite (and safe) places for children to play in the 1950s. They were not out of earshot of their parents and all the neighbours knew each other.