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The Birth of Milton Keynes

Half a century ago, most of North Bucks was in agricultural use. The small railway town of Wolverton, developed in the 19th century, was the only town of any significance, although smaller market towns such as Stony Stratford, Olney, Newport Pagnell and Fenny Stratford might quarrel with that assessment. Bletchley had developed at a pace […]

George Castleden, Bard of Woburn

George Castleden (1804-1884) was a prolific letter-writer and poet from Woburn, in Bedfordshire. The son of the local Congregationalist preacher, he worked as a clerk in the Duke of Bedford’s offices at Woburn Abbey for twenty years. As well as many published poetical works, he also wrote extensively to the local papers. His subjects were […]

The Lost Streets of Wolverton

This book was written ten years ago and first published in 2010. The recent publication of Pure Republic, which covers some of the same ground, prompted me to revise the original book. Some material has been updated or corrected and there is some new information. Parts, which wherefore appropriate to Pure Republic, have been discarded. […]