Aylesbury, Walton Street 1921

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Caption for Aylesbury, Walton Street 1921: We are looking from Market Square south-east into Walton Street. The Bell had been reworked in 1919, and is still much the same. On the right, however, all has gone under the 1960s blizzard of redevelopment: the jewellers and the Greyhound Hotel made way for Friars Square shopping centre. Beyond is now 'Fred's Folly', the 1960s County Council office tower block, a landmark for miles around. It is of textured concrete and twelve storeys high, much disliked locally, but in fact a rather good design by Fred Pooley, the then County Architect.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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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)

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

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Caption for Aylesbury, Walton Street 1921: We are looking from Market Square south-east into Walton Street. The Bell had been reworked in 1919, and is still much the same. On the right, however, all has gone under the 1960s blizzard of redevelopment: the jewellers and the Greyhound Hotel made way for Friars Square shopping centre. Beyond is now 'Fred's Folly', the 1960s County Council office tower block, a landmark for miles around. It is of textured concrete and twelve storeys high, much disliked locally, but in fact a rather good design by Fred Pooley, the then County Architect.

An extract from Aylesbury Photographic Memories.

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