Aylesbury, Aylesbury Ducks c.1955

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Caption for Aylesbury, Aylesbury Ducks c1955: The name of Aylesbury is known to everyone through its distinctive heavy breed of duck, which was developed in the 18th century for the London meat market. The ducks were driven on foot (later transported in railway wagons) to Smithfield and other markets. They were bred in Aylesbury and the surrounding villages, including Walton and Haddenham, whose ponds were of great use, and at Weston Turville, which alone sent 25,000 ducklings a year to London in the 1890s. The true Aylesbury duck is virtually extinct - the last known flock was at Chesham in the 1980s.

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Memories of Aylesbury


Mum and dad moved into 49 Ingram Avenue on the day of the Great Train Robbery in 1963, when Bedgrove was a new build estate. I was born there in September 1964. My name is Colin Simpson and I have two older sisters Maria and Teresa. We all went to the infant and junior schools. As a very small kid, I can remember Jansel (...Read full memory)

I was born in Buckingham Road in 1962 and lived in the same house (no.225) until I left for North Wales in 1985. I have many happy memories of living there, going to the Primary and Junior schools in Dunsham Lane and playing in the Alfred Rose Park, especially playing the Pitch and Putt golf (...Read full memory)

The WWI tank was removed because little boys used to enter and use it as a toilet. It exploded when the welder went to work on it because there was still petrol in the fuel tank, not ammunition. The welder flew across Kingsbury and landed, dead, in front of Ivatt's shoe shop (the signs are still up on the wall). The Rockwell has (...Read full memory)

My husband, Roger Watts, and his family lived in Castle St and then Priory Cres, from the early 50's to the late 70's.The photo of Castle St. taken in 1955 would appear to have his mother or his older sister (Linda) standing outside their front door. Can anybody confirm this?

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Caption for Aylesbury, Aylesbury Ducks c1955: The name of Aylesbury is known to everyone through its distinctive heavy breed of duck, which was developed in the 18th century for the London meat market. The ducks were driven on foot (later transported in railway wagons) to Smithfield and other markets. They were bred in Aylesbury and the surrounding villages, including Walton and Haddenham, whose ponds were of great use, and at Weston Turville, which alone sent 25,000 ducklings a year to London in the 1890s. The true Aylesbury duck is virtually extinct - the last known flock was at Chesham in the 1980s.

An extract from Andover Photographic Memories.

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