images of Milton Past

Cox's Stores - (aka Milton Stores, The Post Office and now 56 High Street)

Jeanette Cox is doing a family history project and came across Jeanette says was nice to see the photo of Marge Ferris in the Milton stores. She remember's her well, Jeanette's parents Mr. & Mrs. Cox ran the shop from 1953 to 1967, at the time it was known as Cox's Stores.


Thank you to Jeanette for sending the images through. The one above is her mother outside Cox's stores - shows the 'proper' red phone box.

Below is her father in the store, and at the foot of this article is an image of the school children in 1953 coronation year.

If you can identify any person in the image email and the information will be added.

The Red Lion (now the Plum Pudding)


Milton's local hostelry was known as the Red Lion, before it was re-named The Admiral Benbow, then yet again retitled the Plum Pudding, when it was purchased from Greene King and became a free-house a few years back.

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A map of the Parish of Milton in the County of Berks in 1809. As Divided and Allotted by an Act of Parliament passed in the year 1809.

Milton was a village in Berkshire. In 1974, significant alterations were made to the county's administrative boundaries although the traditional boundaries of Berkshire were not changed. The towns of Abingdon, Didcot and Wantage, along with surrounding villages, were transferred to Oxfordshire.

To find out who owned the land in Milton in 1809 click on the image to see a bigger version.

Milton Mill


original milton millTwo watermills in the parish are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 and again in a record from 1401. There is still a Milton Mill on Ginge Brook.


Milton Mill House II Mill house, now house. C17, possibly incorporating earlier structure, with C18 and C20 alterations. Red brick with random flared headers; plain-tile tile-hanging to first floor left and centre, probably on timber-framing; old plain-tile roof, hipped and catslide to right; brick end stack to left, ridge stack to right of centre, internal stack to right with 2 diagonally-set flues. 2-storey, 4-window range. C20 plank door to C20 projecting gabled porch at right of centre.


Irregular fenestration of 3-light casements with leaded lights. Interior; Queen-post roof, raised to rear, with some alterations to trusses. C20 dog-leg staircase to rear. Open fireplaces to ground floor left and centre.

Chamfered spine beams, some rooms having chamfered joists. Reputed to be partly of cruck construction.

Bicycle Shop

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WW1 (1914-18) many in many different ways, Milton was chosen as the site for a stores depot for the Royal Air Force in 1916. Fields were enclosed with high corrugated iron fences, innumerable sheds were erected and a wide asphalted road leading to Didcot. Men came in their hundreds from a wide district and find work there. They received high wages, and spent money for lodgings and transport, particularly in buying bicycles. One local family took the decision to sell fuel for the infulx of motor vehicles and repair bicycles.



Winston Groves, who passed away in the early 2000's, was for many years the main man at the bicycle/petrol store. Living in High Street Milton, with his wife Freda. He could be see around the village still sporting his blue overall's with the Castrol Oil logo on them, although the store has ceased business in the early 70's. And occasionally taking out his 1930's BSA motorbike, which was also covered in oil . . ." Don't want it to get rusty, do I !"


Winston is pictured with his sister Kathleen, in the photograph taken in 1924, when pupils at St. Blaise school.



RAF Depot - Now Milton Park


Two images taken in 1970 - showing the entrance to the RAF depot at the end of High Steet, and below a row of cottages which were demolished to create the entrance to Milton Parkoriginal milton mill













The Original Milton Post Office


Milton Village was served by one store and combined post office, now a residence with the post office situated in recent years on Milton Park. This was in many ways a focal point for the residents, a source of whatever they wanted to buy, and of course as with any village store. . . the font of local gossip!

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The picture below, taken in 1965, shows the interior of the store in the day's before home freezers and hypermarkets.

Marge(ry) Ferris was the village shop assistant, and remains a resident of Little Lane, Milton