Seeing history through a lens ...

The wordsmiths hate to admit it, but yes sometimes a photo really can speak a thousand words.

So don't be shy, if you have a special old image - and all the better if you can put a caption and date (even approximate) with it, please make a scan and send it to us here at

We promise to acknowledge your help and if the choice of material is big enough, we will chose a 'Photo of the Month' to showcase the best or most interesting image received in the month.

Good Luck!

Back in the Day photo memories

Newport Pagnell London Road North Side
Pic via Brian Humphries

Across the centuries, the street scene of London Road north side has been the first or last view of Newport Pagnell for countless numbers of travelers

Ken Graham
Pic: Steph Loake

Ken Graham

A sad day for the town and High Street of Newport Pagnell came in June 2019 when Ken Graham, one of its great characters, was forced to close his celebrated Collectibles shop of ephemera and memorabilia due to ill-health.

● The Queen’s visit to Aston Martin Works Newport Pagnell in 1966
Pic courtesy of Gail Baker

The 'jewel in the crown' of our coverage area for local history is undoubtedly Newport Pagnell with its long and wonderful heritage so much of which, many would say, has remained under-recorded across the centuries.

If we have seen one picture that encapsulates the town in the modern era it is perhaps this image of the High Street in the 1950s, possibly re-shot from a postcard in the Frith Collection.  Nevertheless, we are more than sure that many other images are out there that will run it close

So, again, please do send us a scan of your choice, together with your name and contact information and a short caption to  for consideration of publication and the enjoyment of others.

Newport Pagnell High Street - 1950
• Newport Pagnell High Street 1950, possibly from a Frith postcard collection.
Newport Pagnell in 1853 by J.C.Coales

● Newport Pagnell in 1853 by J.C.Coales
Got a great old photo or illustration? Send it to us via info page

1809 print showing the course of the Ouse behind NP church - courtesy of Trudie Mundell

● 1809 print showing the course of the Ouse behind NP church - courtesy of Trudie Mundell

Owners' Club concours d'elegance at the Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe

● A historic line-up:  Classic Aston Martins made in Newport Pagnell were on parade in the Owners' Club concours d'elegance at the Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe, in May (also see the new anniversary edition of Salmons and Sons & Aston Martin)

For the Record calling all authors

And remember too we are always on the lookout for good writers or would-be writers.

We have opportunities for essayists, booklet and book writers, re-writers, photo-journalists and illustrators ... so send us your details or proposition in strict confidence to and send us a sample and your subject choice.


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