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 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)

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)

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)

Born in 1961, growing up with my grandparents on Prebendal Ave, great memories. Little shops by the old brook, catching tadpoles, Ceely Rd school also Oak Green - seems like a mystery now. I lived in Aylesbury until I was 16, my grandparents had died. I cannot not find any photos of my past - did I even exist? My (...Read full memory)

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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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