12 Facts About Wolverton


The original Wolverton was a medieval settlement just north and west of today's town.

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Manor of Wolverton was held by the de Wolverton family until the mid-fourteenth century.

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Sir John de Wolverton died in 1349 leaving an infant son, Ralph, who died in 1351, and two daughters.

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The desertion of Old Wolverton was due to enclosure of the large strip cultivation fields into small "closes" by the local landlords, the Longville family, who turned arable land over to pasture.

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In 1838, Wolverton was established as the site of the locomotive repair shop at the midpoint of the London and Birmingham Railway then under construction.

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The last locomotives at Wolverton were built in 1863 and repaired until 1877, after which it concentrated on carriages including railway owned road vehicles.

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New Anglican parish church was built in 1843 to serve the new town centre: like the Church of the Holy Trinity in Old Wolverton, it is a listed building rated a II*.

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Wolverton was built with a park with a cricket ground, an expanse of allotments for the country people who became the railway works employees, and access to the footpaths to north and south.

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An extensive section of the River Great Ouse flood plain to the north of Wolverton has been excavated for sand and gravel and the resulting area developed into a nature reserve of flood-tolerant trees, called the Flood Plain Forest.

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The Council's 'Regeneration Strategy for Wolverton' aimed to build a new station in the original position on the road bridge over the railway.

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Wolverton formed a civil parish within the Stratford and Wolverton Rural District from 1894 to 1919, that contained the parishes of Calverton, Stony Stratford East and Stony Stratford West.

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Today, Wolverton is the larger element of the modern parish of Wolverton and Greenleys.

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