The presence of Central Government came slowly to Wolverton. Strange as it may appear to us now, communities used to manage their own affairs and units of government were much smaller.
The Ministry of labour was established in 1916 and sometime after that local offices were established where needed. The Wolverton Office made its appearance in the 1920s and established itself in this building at the back of Church Street. I am not sure why this building was erected in the first place, but it was probably a workshop of sorts. Up to 1890, this lane marked the very western edge of the town.
The office (the “Labour Exchange”) may have been busy in the 1930s, but in post-war Wolverton, where unemployment was almost non-existent, I don’t think it was an active office and may only have had a staff of two people. They were given the task of managing National Service after the war, so this may have been a large part of their activity.
A back street location was also the destiny of the Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, established in 1948. The building, at the west end of Church Street, was formerly part of McCorquodales.