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


I never saw this part of the canal as shown in this photo, the opposite bank was the site of Frith's, the builders' supply company. My father was a salesman for Frith's for many years. The location was called Hilda's Warf, and earlier in the 50's & the 40's supplies such as bathroom tiles were (...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)

My father was also the manager of The Bulls head hotel in the 1950s, Mr Ronald F Williams. At that time Sophia Loren was staying and she joined us for tea as my mother is Italian also, they had a good long chat. I remember sitting with my corgi called Kim in that front bay window looking at the people passing by. How lovely (...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)

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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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