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The Great Linford
I had heard of The Great Linford and can trace genealogy back to the one subjects that lived on the Great Linford although it is not named after any of my ancestors.
In 2000, I had the opportunity to vist London and rented a car and drove out to Milton Keynes and the Great Linford just to see what it was all about. It is amazing that the buildings have endured as long as they have. I found it peacful and serene even though the Great Linford Manor is now a recording studio. I hope to return one day and spend more than a couple of hours and see more of the area.
When I Was A Lad
The lad leaning on the wall was John Cook, whose father was a policeman in NP, the guy to the left in the dark suite is me and the lad sitting on the pillar (to the right) was David Ashworth son of Major Ashworth who lived in Silver Street.
Loved Going to The River
My grandmother had a shop in Newport Pagnall and my mother was born there, she is now 90 years old. We have fond memories of Lathbury where we used to have our summer holidays there, playing and swimming and fishing in the river. A great site, thank-you. Kind regards, Viv
Before Milton Keynes
I now live in Australia but as a youngster I grew up just outside Newport Pagnell at Tongwell Farm. Whilst at school in Newport and whilst they were building the M1 motorway we used to get collected in a mini bus and driven too and from school each day. I well remember the announcement that they were going to build a new city called Milton Keynes and the farm would be part of that new city. Despite significant efforts I find getting pre-Milton Keynes photographs of the area where the farm was impossible and like many other I have regrets that I did not take the care to look after the past for the next generations.
The Building of The M1 Motorway
Living on Tongwell farm was for me a great deal of fun and we always had plenty of things to occupy our time. We attended school in Newport Pagnell and usually got there on the bike and went to our grandmother's house (Kate Daniells) in number 34 Spring Gardens. I left the bike at the house and walked the two hundred yards to the school. With the building of the motorway, our access to the road into town was cut off and the main contractors, Laing's, used to ferry us in a mini bus both to school and back again in the evening. As a youngster, seeing the road project grow was exciting as were the huge Euclids which were the primary machine for scraping away and levelling the ground. The road also cut through one of our fields and the part on the 'other side' of the road was sold off.
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