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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My husband, Roger Watts, and his family lived in Castle St in the 1950's. The picture has a figure standing outside their front door (no.15) which could be his mother or older sister Linda. Can anybody shed some light on this ? The street was always free of cars with only the doctor, who lived a few doors away, (...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)

My grandfather was steward of the Victoria Club in Kingsbury. My parents owned Towerseys, opposite the Vale. My other grandad, Rowland Towersey, was a basket maker with a shop which, during the war, became Bucks Bullion. Then it moved to the High Street in the 50's. The pub in Kingsbury is Rockwood not Rockwell, (...Read full memory)

Born in 1961, growing up with my grandparents on Prebendal Ave, great memories. Little shops by the old brook, catching tadpoles, Ceely Rd school also Oak Green - seems like a mystery now. I lived in Aylesbury until I was 16, my grandparents had died. I cannot not find any photos of my past - did I even exist? My (...Read full memory)

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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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