Memories of Newport Pagnell, by A.M. Leath
Published by the Newport Pagnell Historical Society, 92 pages. Rectangular booklet - c.14.5cm by 20.5cm (N6941X1)
Newport Pagnell is a town in Buckinghamshire, and in this book the author provides a fascinating account of living and growing up there from the 1920s onwards.
From the introduction: Allan Myre Leath was born at Purley near Reading. Came to Newport at the age of three in 1923 and has spent 72 happy years in the town. Educated at the Bury street Schools from 4 to 14. Apprenticed as a bricklayer with a £10 "poor boy" grant to Harry Mason of 34 Silver street, furthering his education by cycling to evening classes at the Science and Art Institute, Wolverton. Joined the 1st Bucks Batallion Territorial Army and called up for service September 3rd 1939. Transfered in 1943 to RAOC and REME. Served in Northern Ireland, North Africa and Italy until discharged May 6th 1946. Started in business in 1948 from his home at 14 Beaconsfield place. Built and opened workshops, offices and shop 1-3 High street in 1960. Contents include:
The Early Years
Boyhood Fun in Mill street
Town Fairs and Bury Field
shops and shopkeepers
Bikes, Bread and Magic
Down Silver Street
st John Street and Tickford
starting out On My Own
Pubs and Clubs
Gone, But Not Forgotten
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.