Aylesbury, High Street c.1955

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Caption for Aylesbury, High Street c1955: The 'gateway' to the High Street at the Exchange Street junction has changed. The Chandos Arms and the shops beyond are now 1970s offices, and on the right side of the road is Hampden House, a stylish but incongruous office block with shops on the ground floor. St Joseph's Catholic Church is further up on the left, and Marks & Spencer's can be seen in the distance. Exchange Street was subsequently turned into a dual carriageway: the photographer stands where there is now a large roundabout.

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)

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.

Your picture of Kingsbury Square shows a fountain which was dedicated to someone called Adkins, whole relatives are locals called Keen. That fountain was moved at the time of George 5th's Jubilee and is still in the Vale Park in the High Street. Lesly Batcheler

My grandfather, Thomas John Powell, was sent to Aylesbury from South Eales to work at the end of the war until 1950. I would be interested to know what sort of work he might have done in Aylesbury and whether anyone has any recollections of him.

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Caption for Aylesbury, High Street c1955: The 'gateway' to the High Street at the Exchange Street junction has changed. The Chandos Arms and the shops beyond are now 1970s offices, and on the right side of the road is Hampden House, a stylish but incongruous office block with shops on the ground floor. St Joseph's Catholic Church is further up on the left, and Marks & Spencer's can be seen in the distance. Exchange Street was subsequently turned into a dual carriageway: the photographer stands where there is now a large roundabout.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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