Aylesbury, Kingsbury Square 1901

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Caption for Aylesbury, Kingsbury Square 1901: Kingsbury Square is the market place for the oldest part of the town; this grew up around the church, whose tower can be seen beyond the roofs. The square is actually triangular, with encroachment on the east side, and still recognisable a century after this view was taken. Until it was paved, it was often knee-deep in mud. The domestic elements have long gone - shops and pubs now occupy all the ground floors. The gardens and the houses on the left have been replaced by a routine 1960s block, Kingsbury House.

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, Kingsbury Square 1901: Kingsbury Square is the market place for the oldest part of the town; this grew up around the church, whose tower can be seen beyond the roofs. The square is actually triangular, with encroachment on the east side, and still recognisable a century after this view was taken. Until it was paved, it was often knee-deep in mud. The domestic elements have long gone - shops and pubs now occupy all the ground floors. The gardens and the houses on the left have been replaced by a routine 1960s block, Kingsbury House.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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