Newport Pagnell Quiz run

On Bank Holiday Monday, 28 May 2018, we held the Newport Pagnell quiz run with 56 people taking part.

Thanks to the Newport Pagnell History Society for providing the facts and questions.

Well done to our winning team that went away with the goody bags


The route and facts are below:


Newport Pagnell History Run


1, Bury field 1

2, Bury field 2

3, Mill Street

4, Royal British Legion Club

5, Old Cemetery

6, Tickford Abbey

7, Salmons of Newport Pagnell

8, Newport Pagnell Swimming Club

9, William Cowley Parchment Works

10, Willen Road Bathing Place

11, Ousedale school

12, Newport Pagnell Railway.



1, Bury field 1

Is a vast area of common land situated to the north west of Newport Pagnell. It is common land mentioned as early as 1276.  Along by the Queens Avenue entrance across to Mill House and adjacent to Union Street are the remnants of a Civil War defensive boundary and over by top meadow an ancient burial mound.  During the Civil War, Newport was first a Royalist stronghold. The King’s men were routed and the Parliamentary forces took charge, fortifying the town with earthworks, some of which can still be seen on the town Common, Bury Field. John Bunyan was said to have served in the Commonwealth forces here.


2, Bury field 2

At the centre of the common lies a small wooded copse the remains of a walkway known locally as Christmas Walk.  At the centre of the field are two cuttings all that remains of a Victoria railway line that was never completed. It was proposed to extend the line from Newport Pagnell to Olney and beyond, but this never materialised, though there is still evidence of a start being made.

In the sixties the field was used by the Football and Cricket Clubs. Newport Wanderers played their homes matches on the field the pitch now overgrown.


3, Mill Street

Newport Pagnell, with its many hotels and inns, was an important stopping place for travellers in the coaching era. In the 1820s 33 four-horse coaches used to travel through the town each day to London, Liverpool, Holyhead, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds.  One hundred years ago there were over 30 licensed premises in the town serving a population of around 4,000.


4, Royal British Legion Club

Is situated on the site of an ancient manor house believed to have been called Waterhall.  It is a 17th century building which in it’s time has been home to prominent local families, a private girls’ school, a public library, and a doctors’ surgery. The gardens of this lovely house are now publicity owned.


5, Old Cemetery

During the civil war at the very end of the cemetery, called the Battery, where the rivers OUSE and OUZEL converge is a mound where the Roundheads had an apex of cannon presumably to engage approaching Royalist vessels coming up the ouse, today there are only graves on it.


6, Tickford Abbey

In Priory Street, is now a private nursing home. This large property was erected on the site an ancient Priory. Around c1767 Thomas Hooton built the house that stands today. There is a family vault to rear of the premises in the grounds of the Priory Burial Ground also a tall Obelisk which was erected by Thomas Hooton in memory of his wife Sarah. Another feature of the Abbey is the Gazebo, recently modernized, that stands by the River Ouse in the extensive grounds of the house. The Obelisk and Gazebo are both listed ancient monuments.



7, Salmons of Newport Pagnell

Was founded around 1830 by Joseph Salmons and became famous for its coaches, dog-carts and ralli-carts, which sold around the world.  Salmons patented several important developments in hood design, including the 1911 all-weather body, which was as snug as a saloon with the hood closed, a spring- assisted hood, and the 1925 “Tickford” winding hood, which was raised or lowered by turning a cranked winding handle. The all-weather body and the “Sunshine Saloon” featuring the Tickford hood, were built in several European countries.

In 1939 the family business became a limited company, Salmons & Sons Coachbuilders Limited, but, after the retirement of the Salmons brothers, grandsons of the founder, it was renamed Tickford Limited.

After the Second World War the company continued to develop.  The luxurious convertibles and saloons built on the Lagonda chassis prompted the 1955 acquisition of the company by David Brown. The company became Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

Scale models of Aston Martin cars, presented to the Queen (1966) and Prince Charles (1988), are now on display at the Sandringham Museum.

Production ceased in 2007


8, Newport Pagnell Swimming Club

was opened in1957 with donated funds from Harry Middleton and has gone from an open air pool to a covered pool in the late 1980s, and now has changed again with more facilities added such as a gym in 2013.


9, William Cowley Parchment Works

Is a family business making the finest quality parchment and vellum since 1879 and are the only surviving such premises in the whole of England.  Cowleys are proud to continue the ancient parchment making skills passed down through the generations in an unbroken line, by word of mouth, to the present day. Built on the site of an old tannery and situated on the River Lovat, the works is the last remaining establishment of its kind in the country.


10, Willen Road Bathing Place

River Lovat, where Newport Pagnell schoolchildren learned to swim, over a period of 60 years.  They received a certificate and a silver threepenny piece on swimming across the river.

One of the members of the 1901 championship team was Harry Middleton who, after making his fortune in Canada, gave shares and money to build a new open air swimming pool in Tickford Street in 1857.


11, Ousedale school

Was built to serve the community of Newport Pagnell in 1963 and the surrounding villages and a second campus was opened in Olney in 2007 to serve students from the north borough of Milton Keynes.

The school is now an Academy.


12, Newport Pagnell Railway.

Up until 1964 Newport Pagnell had a railway linking the town to Wolverton.  The line became part of the London North Western network and was simply a branch line between the two towns. The line provided transport for workmen, who had employment at the railway works in Wolverton and for schoolchildren travelling to school in Wolverton. The line also brought goods to and from Wolverton. This was particularly important for the mills in the town. The line was also used for transporting livestock; and cars and vehicles from Salmons vehicle production works in Newport Pagnell until it became a casualty of the Beeching Report. The train, which used the line, was affectionately known as the ‘Newport Nobby’.






Question 1 Who served in the Commonwealth forces in Newport


Question 2 What was the name of the Newport Pagnell football club in the 1960’s?


Question 3 What was the Pig and Whistle Cottage in Mill Street in the 1950’s?


Question 4   Where is the Royal British Legion Club sited?


Question 5 What was the mound called, was it


Question 6 Who built Tickford Abbey?


Question 7 Aston Martin has just announced it is to start building cars again in Newport Pagnell, but does anyone know in which year production in Newport Pagnell ceased?


Question 8 Who donated the funds in 1957 to build the swimming pool.


Question 9 Who produces the parchment now in Newport Pagnell?


Question 10 What did school children receive on swimming across the river?


Question 11 In which year did Ousedale School open.


Question 12   In which year did the ‘Newport Nobby’ make its final journey?


Scroll down for answers











  1. John Bunyan


  1. Newport Wanderers.


  1. The Pig and Whistle cottage was formerly a public house.


  1. Royal British Legion Club is situated on the site of an ancient manor house


  1. The Battery.


  1. Tickford Abbey. Thomas Hooton built the house that stands today.


  1. Aston Martin production in Newport Pagnell ceased in 2007.


  1. Harry Middleton



  1. Parchment is produced by Cowleys


  1. A certificate and a silver threepenny piece.


  1. 1963


  1. Newport Nobby made its final journey in 1964 as a result of the Beeching Report.


Redway Runners

Redway Runners AGM – May 2018

Redway Runners Annual General Meeting was held on 16 May 2018 from 19:45 to 21:15, upstairs at David Lloyd


To view a copy of the club AGM report click here (opens in a new window as a pdf)


We had five charities were nominated and paid club members at the AGM voted ‘Henry Allen Trust‘ as the club charity of the year for 2018/2019.



Redway Runners out in force for the bank holiday

Redway Runners PR 8th May 2018

Redway Runners were out in force again this bank holiday at the MK Marathon and Half Marathon. 90 Redway Runners completed the marathon in sweltering conditions and a further 197 completed the half marathon. Notable achievements included a 03:23:30 marathon from Jen Sangster who was placed 7th lady overall and a 03:22:10 marathon from Dan Hippey, which placed him 75th in the men’s race.

12 runners on the club’s Zero to Hero programme completed their marathon in addition to two completing London marathon two weeks ago. A further six on the programme completed the half marathon or relay as part of their journey from being able to run between 0 and 3 miles to running a marathon. Sean O’Leary commented “as part of the programme, we completed many more half marathons and even had a number completing the Bedford 20 mile race. Coach Portia and the team are extremely proud of achievements of our Zero to Hero Runners. Particularly on one of the most challenging days of the year for marathon running. We would like to thank the mentors for the support they have provided to our runners over the last 6 months.”

The Rocket 5km race also took place over the bank holiday which saw 379 Redway Runners complete out of a field of 1911.

Redway Runners are an inclusive running club with multiple sessions daily across Milton Keynes. For more information go to


Photo credit: Terry Down

Redway Runners Milton Keynes History

On Easter Monday 2 April 2018 we held a History run with Ros and Jim

Start: The Black Horse Pub car park: Ros to do welcome and intro

Stop 1: The Quarry: Jim

Stop 2: St Andrew’s Church and Great Linford: Ros

Stop 3: Giffard Park: Ros

Stop 4: (loop back over canal to) Brick Kilns   Jim

Stop 5: (loop back over canal to) Bolbeck Park:  Ros

Stop 6: Willen Park: Ros

Stop 7: Willen Church:  Jim

Stop 8: Tongwell : Jim

Stop 9 Newport canal: Jim

Stop 10: (via Railway Walk to) Black Horse Pub car park : Ros/Jim Quiz


Intro Ros: Car Park The Black Horse Pub, Great Linford MK 14 5AJ

Welcome one and all, Lords, Ladies, Knights, Squires, Aldermen, Goodwives, Villeins, Peasants and Serfs of MK, Lady Rosalind and my trusty Squire Jim would like to invite you on a history run around north east MK where historical treats will be revealed, some of which may reveal to you why MK has been on the map since 1066. The run will be about 90 minutes with a couple of stops every mile to take note of some fascinating historical feature of interest and will be about 6 miles in length. It is suitable for all abilities and there will be a quiz with prizes at the end and coffee and tea and bar snacks are available in the pub afterwards at a cost of £2.50 for beverages. Be prepared to volunteer to dress up, read out a clue if you wish and have fun! The tail runners are …….and ……. who will wait for everyone. Ros and Jim are the run leads and the clues will be read out when everyone has arrived. Enjoy! Our battle cry to Stop one is one of the medieval knights Deus Vult or the French Dieu veut: God wills it! So whatever or whoever your God, Dieu Veut!


Stop 1 Jim: The Quarry, Great Linford


The stones in the circle were dug from this quarry. If you look closely you can see fossils of shellfish such as oysters.

The stone was used for local building and can be seen in the nearby arts centre and St Andrew’s Church in Great Linford which was built in the 13th century. Stone was a very important building material in medieval times and it is no surprise that the highly prized lands of MK contained a quarry for the medieval buildings of the day.

It is known as Blisworth Limestone because it was first studied at Blisworth in Northamptonshire when the Blisworth tunnel on the Grand Union Canal was being dug.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!


Stop 2 Ros: St Andrew’s Church and Great Linford

We are in 1066 and the Norman Conquest has caused the defeat of Harold at the Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror is rewarding his Knights with lands across England. Walter Giffard, the Lord of Longueville in Normandy and head of William’s army was rewarded by William with the beautiful fertile lands across Buckinghamshire, including the lands upon which we run in MK. His son Walter was commissioner of the Domesday book in 1085-6 and recorded 13 villages in the Milton keynes area, including Linforda the crossing point of the river Ouse near the Linden trees.

The Lord of the Manor would have lived at Great Linford Manor, though the medieval manor was replaced in 1678 by the one now lived in by Pete Winkelman, the owner of MK Dons who uses it as a recording studio and family home.

Saint Andrew’s Church was built in 1215 using the local Blisworth Stone and has been a place of worship for 800 years.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!

Stop 3 Ros: Giffard Park

it is no surprise that the Lord of the lands of MK, Walter Giffard, has a whole estate named after him! He was a remarkable Knight, who fought in the Crusades 1064-5, was one of the first Knights to go on pilgrimage to the Compostela de Santiago in Spain and was the standard bearer of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. As a reward for his participation, Walter was granted the feudal barony of Long Crendon Buckinghamshire comprising 107 manors, 48 of which were in Buckinghamshire. records tell is he had a shock of white hair and was an elderly Knight when he gained the MK lands.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!

Stop 4 Jim: Brick Kilns Great Linford

Thanks to the boost our medieval post-Norman Conquest Knights gave to this area, further investments were made in these lands over the centuries. The canal opened in 1805 and these brick kilns were built shortly after and used throughout the 19th century until they ceased operation in 1911. The ponds behind the kilns are landscaped clay pits where the raw material used to make the bricks was dug. Not only was this area rich in Blisworth stone, but the local clay, which budding gardeners in MK find a pain nowadays, proved vital for the brick-making industry and for the local brick-built houses we see in the Victorian houses in New Bradwell and Wolverton.

The bricks were transported by horse drawn barge and used locally in Wolverton, New Bradwell, Cosgrove and Castlethorpe.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!


Stop 5 Ros: Bolbeck Park

And here the story gets even more exciting: Hugh de Bolebec, a relative of Walter Giffard, lived in the medieval Great Linford Manor in 1066 and came from the town of Bolebec in northern France. As a tribute to him and to the Knights of the Norman Conquest, most of the roads are named after key figures in William’s conquering army. As we run through Bolbeck Park take note of the Knight’s names:

Lacy drive: is named after Walter de Lacy and he was rewarded with lands in Herefordshire; Lascelles Close: The de Lascelles family came over with the conquest and settled in Yorkshire – the family still lives at Harewood House in Leeds.

Mongomery Crescent: Roger de Montgomery gave William 60 ships for the invasion fleet and though he was in Normandy managing the lands during the conquest, he was richly rewarded for his loyalty with Arundel Castle and the earldom of Shrewsbury in 1067.

Redvers Gate: Richard de Redvers was a Norman Knight who was created Earl of Devon

Venables Lane: Gilbert de Venables fought at the battle of Hastings and was given lands in Cheshire for his loyalty.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!

Stop 6 Ros: Willen Park

Willen was an Anglo-Saxon village meaning ” at the place of the willows” even before the conquest.  The road names reflect the post invasion Knights – Verdon Drive is named after the lords of the manor of Willen the de Verdons. One great heiress in 1205 was called Rose de Verdon and there was a great scandal in 1285 when Richard de Verdon married Alice the daughter-in-law of the lord of the manor of Shenley without her guardian’s consent causing conflict and lawsuits between the de Vache family of Shenley and the de Verdons of Willen and eventually the lands in Shenley were divided to resolve the dispute.

I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!


Stop 7 Jim: Willen Church

We have heard that the village of Willen pre-dates the Norman Conquest so it is safe to assume there has been a church here since that time. The current church was completed in 1680. It was designed by Robert Hook who you might remember from your science lessons at school as the man who developed Hook’s Law of Elasticity which states that “in a spring, the force is proportional to the extension”.

This was important as it allowed the invention of an accurate timepiece crucial in determining longitude which was a problem for navigators.

Hook was a remarkable polymath. Meaning he was an expert in many fields such as architecture, mechanics, horology, microscopy, biology, palaeontology and astronomy.



I choose …….to be the next reader! Dieu Veut!


Stop 8 Jim: Tongwell

Tongwell (Junction of Delaware Drive and Michigan Drive)

I want you to imagine that you were standing on this spot 100 years ago. There was no motorway or new city of Milton Keynes, just gently rolling fields. You would have been standing at the front gate of Tongwell Farm from which this industrial area takes its name. There was also Tongwell Brook which flows into the River Ousel and a field name of Tongwell is the oldest record on a map of Newport Pagnell in 1806.

Stop 9 Jim: Newport Canal

Newport Pagnell Canal (Junction of Broadway Avenue and Salisbury Grove)

The line of trees running along the verge marks the course of the Newport Pagnell Canal which ran for 1.25 miles from Linford Wharf via 7 locks to The Green in Newport Pagnell. It opened in 1817 and closed in 1864 with part of the course being used for the now defunct railway line from Newport Pagnell to Wolverton.

Now back to the Black Horse via Linford Wharf and the Quiz. Dieu Veut!