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Stony Stratford

A copy free feature of a springtime walk around the Stony Stratford

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Pass the 1450 Tower Of Magdalene ...

St Mary Magdalene Tower

24. Old postcard of St Mary MagdaleneTower

All that remains of Church destroyed by fire in 1742

St Mary Magdalene Church Yard

25. St Mary Magdalene Church Yard

Continue past the Sports Ground on left into Vicarage Road ...

Vicarage Road Terrace

26. The Towns Eastern edge 'back lane' Vicarage Road terrace from Number 14

Look opposite to the rear of the Bull Inn ...

Bus Garage & Clare Stables

27.The old Bus Garage & Clare Stables

Continue to the junction with Russell Street, past the site of the Vicarage, turn left into New Street ...

2 New Street

28. Number 2 New Street

Bricked in Date gable end date

In 1862/3 the Reverend WT Stankey re-developed New Street into 'Ram Alley' the equivalent to the 'Shambles' in Yorks connecting the Vicarage to the High Street

Old George Inn

29. The Old George Inn

Is one of the oldest surviving Inn's in the town. A former Posting House it dates from 1609 the Bay Windows are from the 18th Century. Note how the road has been built up since they were fitted!

Turn Right to Number 40 ...

40 High Street

30. Number 40 High Street

Specialist Cobblers & Engraving

68 High Street

31. Number 68 High Street

Castle Surplus Store Stony Stratford

Retrace your steps to numbers 26 & 28 ...

26 & 28 High Street

32. Numbers 26 & 28 High Street

Looking a little shabby: Once the 'Rose & Crown Inn' where the 'Boy King' Edward V was kidnapped by Henry Stratford, Duke of Buckinghamshire & Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III)

Taken to the Tower of London with his 10 year old brother the pair were murdered with their remains discovered in the White Tower. Charles II decreed their remains be buried in Westminster Abbey

British School

33. Boys & Girls School

The British School was for Children not permitted to enter a Church of England School which closed in 1907. From 1887 until the 1926 General Strike it operated as a Ticket Office for the famous Steam Tram, these were the largest in the World carrying 100 passengers to the Wolverton Railway Works

The building at time of publication is a Dance Studio

Stony Stratford Tram

34. Old Postcard of Stony Stratford Tram

One of the monster Trams is on display fully restored at the Milton Keynes Museum, Stacey Bushes

You're at top of High Street look across to the Plough Inn (Not Pictured) ...

An uninspiring building today the land on which it stands was gifted by the Radcliffe Trust in 1867 for Wolverton End Church School for the poor. Financed by Mrs Russell of Beachampton & designed by local architect E Swinfern Harris, 280 pupils attended in the early 1890's, it was to close in 1937 & become to Plough Inn

Turn right to Horsefair Green ...

Horsefair Green

35. Horsefair Green

Fringed by Limes then open space was from 1480's used for the weekly Horse Fair, the Baptist Chapel now the Community Church & cottages date from 1657

Cross the Green ...

Horsefair Green War Memorial

36. The 1914-18 Great War Memorial

Number 35 & Dene Cottage were once the Cottage Hospital whilst numbers 8 & 9 the Maltings

From the Memorial walk along Silver Street ...

Horsefair Green Road Sign

37. Road Sign

Live events still take place of the Green such as the Town Fair & Folk on the Green

Silver Street Road Sign

38. Silver Street

Previously Cow Lane it was renamed in honour of Queen Victoria in 1887

An important lace making area women & children carried out the craft until the outbreak of WW1

Continue to the Old Fire Engine House ...

Old Fire Engine House

39. The Old Fire Engine House

Finally stop at the Old Fire Engine House at number 14 it closed in 1958 until that time the horses were kept in the paddock in Horn Lane

Old Fire Engine House Plaque

40. Old Fire Engine House Plaque

No Cock & Bull story, you've made it proceed to the Cock Inn ...

Cock's Ale

41. Cock's Ale

Back to the Cock Hotel - You deserve a pint!

Green King make Cock Ale for The Cock Hotel & in Thetford, Bell Ghost Ale

See Thetford, Norfolk

09/02/16 - Still looking for a photo of the Scala Cinema, Stony Stratford. Regards: Bill Pryor, Lynton Station, Devon

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