The Changing Face of Newport Pagnell
Construction of the M1, the first major motorway, began on the 24th March 1958.

Most of the people in Newport Pagnell were apprehensive about the effect which such a huge engineering project would have on the landscape of the surrounding area.

This picture is taken from Gerald Stratton's book, called 'Newport Pagnell in the Nineteen Fifties', showing the start of the work
"People said that the countryside will never look the same again"

Voice of Gerald Stratten (local reporter at the time of the motorway construction), during an August 2000 interview.