The Way We Were by John Taylor: Gods and sandals

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Between 1956 and 1962 a great deal of excavation work was carried out for sand an gravel in the riverside meadows of Emberton.

When the workings were eventually exhausted the remaining pits and spoil heaps were left to scar the countryside, until in 1956 Newport Pagnell Rural District Council purchased the area with a plan to make it into an outdoor leisure amenity.

This new country park opened at Whitsun in 1956, with a series of ongoing improvements following and responsibility for the site eventually passing to the new city borough.


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