Stoke Goldington is a small village (Population 620) situated on the northern most tip of the Buckinghamshire County border, four miles from Newport Pagnell and ten miles from the centre of Milton Keynes.
The building of the large conurbation with it's fast road and rail commuter links has inevitably brought change to the area and to the mix of people who now live there. Fortunately development has been strictly controlled in the villages by the rules laid down in North Buckinghamshire Structure Plan.

The Stoke Goldington Association was founded in 1987 with the object of creating a village archive. lt's not a pressure group to resist change but an association which records change, both past and present.

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Over the last 100 years the appearance of the High Street has changed very little. Thatched cottages are better maintained and there has been some 'sympathetic infilling' but not much has changed, it is the people that are different. An area situated in the countryside, which strictly controlled development is seen as a very desirable place to live.Property prices reflect this.
We do not decry change The effect of new people coming to the village is more than counterbalanced by the history and stability of the village and the resultant 'Community Spirit' is there for all to see and experience.
ln 1830 Stoke Goldington was a staging post on the north south mail routes having seven coaching inns. By 1845 all the business had disappeared with the development of railways and canals. In the 1841 census there was record of 247 lacemakers, in 1891 there were only 27. Change is not a new phenomenon in this part of the world.
The Stoke Goldington Association meets in The Village Reading Rooms on the last Wednesday of each month (excepting July and December) lt has an active membership of sixty.
Speakers make presentations on a variety of local and countryside subjects and progress reports on Association projects are given.
The Archive, which is stored in The Reading rooms, is contained in two hundred and fifty display binders and is very comprehensive. (See Photograph)

A full index of the contents is contained in Archive Contents

The Association is run to provide entertainment and education for the benefit for its members. Our work constantly brings us surprise and delight for example the time that a speaker told us that 'The Great Deadwood City Disaster' of 1882 was caused by a man from Stoke Goldington. Frankly none of us was aware that there had been such an event, which goes to show 'Ignorance is bliss'.

The 1930 Photographs courtesy The Kitchener Collection, City Discovery Centre, Milton Keynes.

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