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Wolverton’s historic importance has been recognised both locally and nationally. Today Wolverton is a Conservation Area. This means planning permission must be applied for to change anything - windows, doors, porches, installing satellite dishes - which will alter the external look of the houses.

We give a road or street reference, where the architectural features described can be seen.
A booklet version of this guide has been distributed to every household in the Conservation Area

It is up to the care and goodwill of all of us to protect our special town.

A guide to the Architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses in Wolverton

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Wolverton is unique. It was the first town in Great Britain built by a railway company to house its workers. The town was built almost entirely of red brick terraced houses of various sizes in a grid pattern of roads and streets. In the early days, your house indicated the sort of job you had in the Works. Most of the unskilled labourers lived in the ‘little streets’. These were demolished when Glyn Square and the flats were built. The semi-skilled, skilled and management employees occupied the small, medium and large houses in the town! The Works Manager’s grand house was also demolished and just its name, The Gables, is preserved.

We give a road or street reference, where the architectural features described can be seen.
A booklet version of this guide has been distributed to every household in the Conservation Area


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Original text by John Brushe, Denise Ilett, Sue Westell. Original illustrations by Denise Ilett.