Aylesbury, High Street c.1955

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Caption for Aylesbury, High Street c1955: The photographer has turned east and is looking downhill in a similar location to the 1897 views. On the left is the 1938 neo-Georgian Marks and Spencer's that replaced Longleys. The rest of the buildings are in their last few years of existence. Of the 1850s terraces with white band course beyond Marks and Spencer's, only one house survives. In the far distance is the Hazell, Watson and Viney printing works with its tall chimney.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

Memories of Aylesbury


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.

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)

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Caption for Aylesbury, High Street c1955: The photographer has turned east and is looking downhill in a similar location to the 1897 views. On the left is the 1938 neo-Georgian Marks and Spencer's that replaced Longleys. The rest of the buildings are in their last few years of existence. Of the 1850s terraces with white band course beyond Marks and Spencer's, only one house survives. In the far distance is the Hazell, Watson and Viney printing works with its tall chimney.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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