Memories of Wolverton

I was born in 1894 in Wolverton where I lived until 1942.
When three years old I started school in Wolverton Infants' School. This school was then in the building which is now the Market Hall. The playground is now occupied by the Church Institute.

Very soon we were all celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria and a gentleman gave all the children in the Infants' School a silver threepenny piece.
The first moving picture I ever saw was of the funeral procession of Queen Victoria. It was shown at the August Fair at Stony Stratford.

Mabel Brown, Bradwell


In Wolverton, just before the First World War, carol singers still used to come round early on May Day morning. Small groups of children, carrying a May garland and a collecting box, called at the houses and sang,

'A bunch of May I have brought you
And at your door it stands
It's well set out and well spread about
By the work of our Lord's hands.'

The garland was often a small hoop, covered with coloured tissue paper and flowers but sometimes the carol singers pushed a decorated wooden pushchair. Even the baby in it was covered in daisy chains!
The flowers used were often cowslips and bluebells. The bunch of May was usually only in bud, as on this cold clay soil it was hardly ever in flower by 1 May.

M.G. Knight, Dunsmore


Extracted from 'A Pattern Hundreds' (1975) and reproduced with the kind permission of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes