In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Newport Pagnell like this:
Newport Pagnell, market town and par. with ry. sta., Bucks, at confluence of the rivers Ouse and Ousel, 14 miles NE. of Buckingham and 56 miles NW. of London by rail, 3432 ac. (36 water), pop. 3686; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank, 2 newspapers. Market-day, Wednesday. Pagnell is a name derived from the Paganell family, the ancient holders of the manor. The castle was anciently a place of strength, and was taken by the Parliamentarians in 1643. Sir Samuel Luke, who had charge of the garrison in 1645, is said to have been the original of Butler's " Hudibras." The local industries include lacemaking. The town is situated on rising ground, commanding a fine stretch of surrounding country. The church (restored 1828) is an ancient and elegant structure.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Newport Pagnell, in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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