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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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)

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)

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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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