Ten Fascinating Facts

  • Stony Stratford is mentioned in Shakespeare (Richard III, Act 2 Scene 4), when Richard Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) finds out the location of the young King Edward V and his brother, the Duke of York. These two were rivals to Richard's claims to the throne. Edward was arrested in Stony Stratford, taken to the Tower of London and never seen again.
 
  • When Queen Eleanor (wife of Edward I) died at Lincoln in 1290, her body was transported to London for burial. Stony Stratford was one of the eleven resting places on the journey. Each was marked with a memorial cross, although the one at Stony Stratford no longer exists.
 
  • Stony Stratford was originally on the main London to Holyhead Roman road, Watling Street.
 
  • In the last century, ocean going steam launches were built in Stony Stratford.
 
  • The concrete cows are perhaps the most famous landmarks in Milton Keynes. They were created by a locally based artist in the 1970s and can now be found in a field close to the railway which runs through the city.
 
  • The inaugural meeting of the Grand Union Canal Company was held in the Bull Inn, Stony Stratford. However, the closest the canal came to the town was at Old Stratford, part of the Buckingham Arm of the main canal.
 
  • The Cock Inn and Bull Inn gave their names to the Cock & Bull Story.
 
  • Scenes from Indiana Jones and Superman films were shot nearby in Milton Keynes.
 
  • The Wolverton & Stony Stratford Tram was the last steam hauled rural tram in the UK. It also had the largest carriages ever made for a tram in England. The last tram ran in 1926. One of the company's chairmen was a certain Louis Clovis Boneparte, and his successor Mr Braggins was the last man in Stony Stratford to wear a top hat.
 
  • Stony Stratford is the home of Folk on the Green, the area's major local free folk music festival.

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