A Sunday Walk on 4th April 2004 (04/04/04)
We went out for a walk on Sunday and wandered past the church in Newport Pagnell
This is the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Newport Pagnell. it is around 700 yrs old in parts and is very pretty. It had the nave added around 100 years after the original church was built. If you click on the small pictures you can see a larger shot, just use the back button to get back to this page.
The above picture was taken from the bridge to the new cemetery. The bridge is shown here viewed from the road that runs between the church and the river. Some people say the bridge is haunted and others say its a trick of the light, if you have any stories or evidence please feel free to mail us.
Wandering around the cemetery you will find the river Great Ouse. On the day we went it was very quiet here and so peaceful it was hard to believe how close to the main high street we were. On the other side of the bridge you can see Spire Cottage. This was originally called Cemetery Lodge built around 1860 and was used to carry out burial services for non believers. It is a private dwelling now but looks very impressive with its spire
Walking through the graveyard to the far left corner there’s an arch in the wall , walk through this and you will find North Bridge and Ousebank gardens.
In the left corner of the above picture, behind the trees is the North bridge toll house built around 1810. Walking back through the arch and around to the lower part of the graveyard you can see the tomb that belongs to the Taylor family. If that name sounds familiar it’s because it is the Taylor’s mustard Family
Walking back up the road from the cemetery you will come to Tickford Street. On the opposite side of the road is the Queen Ann’s Hospital built in 1891 on the site of a hospital dedicated to St. John which was built in 1615.
Walking down the road a few metres you will come to the iron bridge. This bridge was built in 1810 and is, I believe, The oldest cast iron bridge still carrying a full traffic load anywhere in the world. It was cast in Rotherham and transported down to Newport Pagnell by barge and road, quite a feat really in 1810.
Crossing the bridge and following the footpath across castle meadow you come down to Tickford abbey. The meadow is called Castle Meadow because there was a wooden castle there in the 12th century. There is no trace left of it but the field has been known as castle meadow ever since. At the far end of castle meadow is Tickford Abbey.
This was built by Fulk Paganel sometime around 1140. He was granted the rights to the town of Newport and the lands around it by William the Conqueror. The town took on part of his name and over the years became Newport Pagnell. Had the weather have been a little better we would have walked across town and over the M1 Motorway to Tongwell Lake on the other side of Newport Pagnell. As it was overcast and raining we took the car and then walked around the beautiful lake.
The lake feels like an oasis of calm amidst the busy world of Newport Pagnell and Milton Keynes. The lake is used for water skiing and has a very healthy duck, goose and swan population.
As time passes we will take more walks around the town and we will take more pictures and try to add to these pages detailing as much of the history of this town as we can. We hope you have enjoyed this page and that you will return to view other pages in the future.