Aylesbury, The Egyptian Well, Hartwell 1901

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Caption for Aylesbury, The Egyptian Well, Hartwell 1901: This shows a piece of exotica on the lane to Lower Hartwell. Built in 1851 by the then owner of Hartwell House, Dr John Lee, a noted amateur Egyptologist and archaeologist, this building with Egyptian hieroglyphs has now been beautifully restored. The cornice has been remade and its Greek inscription reinstated - it reads: 'Ariston men Hudor', meaning 'water is best', a quotation from one of Pindar's 'Olympian Odes'. Hartwell House itself, a mainly Jacobean mansion, is now a fine country house hotel.

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)

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.

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)

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Caption for Aylesbury, The Egyptian Well, Hartwell 1901: This shows a piece of exotica on the lane to Lower Hartwell. Built in 1851 by the then owner of Hartwell House, Dr John Lee, a noted amateur Egyptologist and archaeologist, this building with Egyptian hieroglyphs has now been beautifully restored. The cornice has been remade and its Greek inscription reinstated - it reads: 'Ariston men Hudor', meaning 'water is best', a quotation from one of Pindar's 'Olympian Odes'. Hartwell House itself, a mainly Jacobean mansion, is now a fine country house hotel.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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