Things ain’t what they used to be

Pic of Bradwell before - MKMG
Pic of Bradwell before - MKMG

THOSE of us who like a little nostalgia, and are passionate about our local history will want to take a copy of Bradwell Then & Now which is fresh to bookshelves, writes Sammy Jones.

In a nutshell, the page-turner, the latest from new-city based writer Marion Hill, compares and contrasts historic views of the area with contemporary colour photos.

But as you soak in those views, and put faces to some of the people that called the area home long before any of us, you find a new fondness for the place.

While the rich history of Newport Pagnell and Stony Stratford are often discussed, Bradwell too has inevitably soaked up its fair share of exciting moments – over the centuries the place has been intersected by Roman tracks, the eighteenth-century Grand Union Canal and more recently, the twentieth-century grid-road system.

These days we are so consumed by the bustle of daily life that we often fail to see the remnants of our past times, but they are all around us.

While it is true that we can’t turn back time, Marion’s book, which takes the reader on a history of Bradwell from the Bronze Age settlement right through to it being absorbed by the development of Milton Keynes, is the next best thing.

Bradwell Then & Now is published by The History Press at £12.99.