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.

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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)

Pub was the Rockwood, not Rockwell. I worked at Pearks Stores, 56, Kingsbury, from 1958 to 1964. My first manager was Cllr. Eric Bentley, an 8th Army veteran. He moved down to the West Country and opened a hotel. Kingsbury was then the Bus station with buses going to such places as Windsor, Northampton, Bedford etc.

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 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)

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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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