This is my 500th post since I started this blog – so a milestone of sorts. Activity has not been as great this year as in the past, but I am still here and still at it. It is now four years old and since I began counting visitors after the first year the count is now 133.347. The blog seems to have grown its readership from a very small number at the beginning to over 5,000 a month. Thank you for your support.

To mark the occasion I want to tell you about this book which we published last week – I Grew Up in Wolverton. We have used the medium of Facebook to gather a number of conversations about various aspects of growing up in this town. The period spans about 50 years, from memories from the 1940s to the 1990s. Back in January I asked Ruth Edwards to compile the material for this book and we have spent the last six weeks editing the material. We are quite pleased with the result, a 280 page paperback.  The conversations are lively and funny but above all capture the essence of growing up in Wolverton as some of the tiniest details are remembered.
I am very biased of course, but I do recommend that you buy the book. Click on the book and it will link you to another site where you can find out more.

Morland Terrace Revisited

I have written about this terrace on two previous occasions here and here.
Today I would like to write about the end-of-terrace house that for so long has been a shop front, largely because this photograph has come to my attention.

As you can see this was an elegant double-fronted house after its first construction. There were two large front parlours and probably at least four bedrooms upstairs. The house next to it is similar in design and construction and these houses were for their time (mid 1880s) amongst the grandest houses on offer in Wolverton. Note the boot scraper beside the front door.

 The frontage has now been radically transformed. the three upper sash windows have been replaced by two large pvc units. The shop frontage obliterates the original. The slate roof has been replaced by composition tiles and the chimneys have disappeared.

The symmetry and architectural embellishments of the original house have been destroyed by the modifications. Only some of the eave supports remain.