Newport Pagnell was a settled community in 1939 and for many years had been the administrative and judicial centre for North Bucks. The town accommodated several industries and was a thriving commercial centre. The war lasted six years and in this book John Taylor describes in great detail the efforts and activities of the community during those years.r more than 40 years John Taylor has chronicled the history of North Bucks and Milton Keynes. He is the author of more than twenty books, and in the course of writing these books has compiled a unique archive of the 20th century history of the area. He lives in Bletchley.