Aylesbury, County Asylum, Stone 1897

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Caption for Aylesbury, County Asylum, Stone 1897: The County Lunatic Asylum was built at Stone, three miles west of Aylesbury, in the early 1850s by the architects Thomas Wyatt and David Brandon. Later renamed St John's Hospital for more sensitive times, the whole building was demolished in the late 1990s. A shame, as the restrained (or should I say economical?) Italianate style of the buildings and their elegant sash windows would have converted well to apartments.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

Memories of Aylesbury


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 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?

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)

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)

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Caption for Aylesbury, County Asylum, Stone 1897: The County Lunatic Asylum was built at Stone, three miles west of Aylesbury, in the early 1850s by the architects Thomas Wyatt and David Brandon. Later renamed St John's Hospital for more sensitive times, the whole building was demolished in the late 1990s. A shame, as the restrained (or should I say economical?) Italianate style of the buildings and their elegant sash windows would have converted well to apartments.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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