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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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 spent most of my childhood from age 5 - 16 living at 25 Westmorland Avenue (family was the Prices). It was such a lovely street and we had such wonderful neighbours. I hope to get back to England one day and to visit the area.

The days when you could let your children out to play and not worry. We used to sneak up in the hole in the fence to play in the big oak tree that sits above the shelter. It was our camp and was called the Five Oaks. We took food and drink, pinned pictures on the tree it was great We used to spy on Old Mr George Woodford (...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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