Wolverton, Old Wolverton

New developments and traditional features combine on this western most border of Milton Keynes.

People say Wolverton to mean the whole of Wolverton, Greenleys and Old Wolverton, three linked areas, where about eight thousand people live.

The river Ouse, Grand Union canal and links to Ouse Valley Park make Old Wolverton popular for walking, boating and fishing as well as for visiting its motte and bailey castle site. Old Wolverton's small estate of houses was built in the 50s.

Wolverton people enjoy its place in history as the first railway town and can also claim the oldest grandstand in the country. The newly re-designed town square is bordered by Victorian streets whose shop-fronts are part of a project involving local business people. Further out from the town centre are newer houses, many with very large gardens. From the town you can take trains to London-Euston and Birmingham and reach Bedford, Milton Keynes, and Northampton by bus.

We are very well served by eight schools for all ages from 3 to 18 and a good health centre. For more information about schools visit the education guide on MKWeb. Children like to play at the outdoor areas they know as 'bottom rec' at Stacey Avenue, which has swings and things and 'top rec' at Western Road, where there are football pitches.

Community groups thrive here, providing activities for recreation, entertainment, sport, education and family life, as well as many places of worship.

In the arts environment, MADCAP is a well-run resource for music and drama and there are many artists and crafts people living in the area. At each year-end, an impressive lantern festival winds dramatically around streets and Square.

The town has commissioned mosaics and a town trail and constantly develops ideas, including a newsletter and twinning plans with the Belgian town of Ploegsteert .

The sense of history, inspired by our heritage, is strong. Milton Keynes Museum, sited here, displays a collection of industrial and rural artefacts. The Living Archive has its base at the 'Bathhouse' and compiles reminiscences and much other material.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs provide good eating and there is food for the mind in the library.

Our many shops and services include post offices, chemists, opticians, kitchen design, florists, fish and chips, hairdresser, shoes, carpets, four supermarkets and several specialists. Lloyds TSB and Nationwide have branches here.

For keeping fit, there are parks, gyms and 2.5km Wolverton Walkand and - not a first this time, but a last - the very special appeal of a splash in one of the few remaining open-air swimming pools in the country.

Visit the business guide on MKWeb for details of estate agents and lettings companies.

Thank you to the Neighbourhood Council for submitting this piece for publication.

Visit the Wolverton council website.

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