Here’s a scene you won’t see these days. No Hi-Vi jackets and not a lot of attention to Health and Safety, although there is a solitary cone.
The date is around 1965. You can see the new Radcliffe School at the end of Aylesbury Street. This section is between Cambridge and Windsor Streets and you can see Smith’s Corner Shop.
Today the crew patching the road would come with a lorry and a roller and complete the operation in about half an hour. here the men have brought a hand cart with their tarmac and implements and are filling the patch and raking it level. The chap on the right has a heavy roller, which I think was motorized, to pack down the tarmac. I think that was newish at the time, because I used to see a huge diesel-powered roller (called a “steam roller”) do these jobs.
Note also the outdated road signs – “Slow, Major Road Ahead” relating to a slower, less complex age, when you actually had time to read the signs. The counterpart to this was “Stop, Major Road Ahead”, found at all the junctions on the Stratford Road.
The three men were all regular employees of the council. Their jobs would vary from the sort of maintenance work you see here, to road sweeping (by hand) and dustbin collection.
The Wolverton UDC was formed in 1920 and included New Bradwell, Wolverton, Stony Stratford and Calverton. Basically it was the old manors of Wolverton and Calverton with the addition of New Bradwell. Old Bradwell was part of the Rural District Council. The UDC was disbanded in 1974 when Wolverton became part of Milton Keynes. For its 50 year life the population was quite stable. You can see dips in the 1930s when jobs were lost in the Works and in the post war period when the railways were in decline. The population breakdown was about 7,000 living in Wolverton, 3,500 in New Bradwell, 2000 in Stony and the remainder living in the rural area. Employment levels during this whole period were high as I have discussed in this post.