Aylesbury in old picture postcards volume 2

Aylesbury in old picture postcards volume 2

:   A.R. May
:   Aylesbury
:   Buckinghamshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5902-9
:   112
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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8. The 17th century Queen's Head, Temple Square, one of the few pubs in AyJesbury which extern al appearance has not changed greatly this century. There are several nice winter photo's of this pub in existence, we use a summer one for a change. The raad alongside is named George Street, as the yard ofthe George Inn at the top ofthe Market Square used to run back as far as this lane. Opposite George Street was the cobbler's shop of A.E. Felix, the last cobbler to trade in Temple Street, which had been known in early times as Cordwainer's Street and Cobblers Row, renamed Temple Street after the Temple family of Stowe.

9. Temple Street showing the Literary Institute, for which we have to thank the Rothschilds. The foundation stone was laid by Lady de Rothschild on 22nd June 1903 and the building opened by Lord Rothschild on 22nd October the same year. From then onwards it was a popular club among the professional people of the town. There are many tales of their inebriated exploits in and around the Literary Institute. Mr. Fred Taylor of7 Bourbon Street was the architect of the building, a man who left a lasting mark on the town with many fine buildings. The dark building at the bottom of the street is M.T. Cocks, the grocers.

10. MT Cocks & Co .? No. I Bourbon Street (E.S. Solloway, proprietor), high class grocers, wine and spirit merchants, this was where the rich shopped. The narrow alley alongside opens out into Silver Street, this is an unusual view, for which we have to thank Dr. G. Farnell, late of Wendover. Bourbon Street was renamed after Louis XVIII, of the French House of Bourbon, who spent his exile at Hartwel! House. Bourbon Street was previously known as Water House Street, after the old brewery at the other end of the street, owned by the Del! Family since before 1809, these were large premises running back to Silver Lane. Ethel M. Dell, the famous 1920's authoress, was a member of the Del! brewery Family, M.T. Cocks was previously John Wheelers. grocers.

11. To theleftofM.T. Cocks, on the othersideofthe alley, is No. 8 Market Street, early this century J.D. Wakefield, grocer and confectioner, later to become Leonard James Lee's grocers as it remained for a long period. Opposite was McIlroy's the house furnishers, they also had two other shops in the Market Square. The Market Street shop was an addition. Note the very tall chimney pots on the high stacks which reminds me of the verse:

They strove the dizzy heights to climb To build the chimneys higher

To stop the dirty old tom cats

From putting out the fire.

12. A more modern photo of Silver Street for which we again thank Dr. G. Farnell. Silver Street continued in a line from Walton Street, as is clearly shown in card No. 14, our aerial view of the town, looking up the street, as we are, all the shops face across to the backs of the Market Square premises on the other si de ofthe road, apart from the alleys connecting Silver Street with the Market Square. Some ofthe shops were walk through such as Timothy Easts, the seedsrnen, previously W.l 'Iroup, County Seed Store. At the top of Silver Street on the left were the premises of Grimsdale's the builders and Hazell, Watson & Viney's Printers Institute.

13. This Edwardian photograph is another taken by Horace Hunt and not previously published. It is the upper of the two alleys leading into the Market Square from Silver Street and the continuation alley running up to Temple Street. Here we see the view looking across the top of the Market Square to the corner of the old Crown Inn, the building with the advert painted on the upper storey. We have the Dark Lantern on our right and the backs of the ancient Market Street properties on the left. These buildings were protected property for many years, generations of shop keepers were never allowed to alter them, but when they were in the way of modern development in the 1960's they were declared unsafe by the Borough Engineer, and pulled down for the safety of the public!, so destroying some of the oldest buildings in the town.

14. Another aerial view showing the top ofWalton Street with Silver Street continuing on in a straight line, and the Market Square with a market in progress. The circle of people in front af the Clock Tower seem to be watching a street entertainer. Kingsbury, aften erroneously referred to as Kingsbury Square, is seen at the top of the card. This shows remarkably weil the great number of ancient, quaint and curious buildings of Silver Street, Silver Lane, Friarage Raad, Bourbon SIreet and Great Western Street that were destroyed to build the hideous Friars Square.

15. The Market Square was weIl-covered by my father in his book in 1985, but I have since found several different cards that merit viewing. This card looking down the square dates from between 1912 and 1921 and shows a back view ofFreddie Fisher's Fly. SmaIl boys used to get a free ride on the projecting rear axle. There are many tales of Freddie Fisher's Fly, of which one concerns a 'lady' Freddie had picked up at the station to take to an hotel, and arriving at the destination the pass enger had left the carriage, on route, having used it as a public convenience. Freddie, incensed, drove up to the policeman on duty at the top of Market Square and said 'Look at this', the policeman looked and replied: 'Well Freddie, you know the law as wel! as I do, if that isn't claimed within three months, that's yours.'


16. The same scene, but we have taken a fewsteps back up the square and advanced a fewyearsin time. This is now after 1921, as we can see on the left the new building of the London Joint City & Midland Bank, built by Webster & Cannon, and opened 30th May 1921. Also the War Memorial has now been built, aJongside the lohn Hampden Statue. This memorial was designed by Mr. Fred Taylor and based on the style ofthe memorials in the British War Cemeteries in France. Inscribed are the names of264 who lost their Jives in the First World War, known as the Great War until we later found out we had to number them. This monument was unveiled on 15th September 1921 and cost approximately f2,OOO. 106 names were added for the Fallen ofthe Second World War on two tablets unveiled on 20th May 1951. The shop in the middle right (with the sun blind) is the Maypole, grocers, and top right Foster Brothers, gents outfitters.

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Coun!y Hall.- ana: Town Hall

17. The Town Hall and County Hall. On the left the building with the arches was built as the Corn Exchange and Market in 1865 by the Aylesbury Market Company, who had purchased the old White Hart and demolished a fine building to erect this and start a venture that was never a success. It was wound up in 1902 having lost its investors about four-fifths of their money. The building was acquired by the Urban District Council in 1901 for f9,500 (the original cost of building it having been f27,000 in 1865) and became the Town Hall and offices. The County Hall, built between 1720 and 1740, is of ten attributed to Sir lohn Vanbrugh, although it was actually designed by Thomas Harris and it is a fine example of the solid style of the period. On the right of the frontage is a brass plaque, erected on 13th November 1902, to the de ad of the Boer War, the men of the Bucks Volunteers who served in South Africa between March 1900 and lune 1902. There are thirteen Aylesbury men and contingents from Marlow, High Wycombe, Buckingham, Slough, Wolverton and Bletchley, 129 men in all. The plaque was erected by Alfred Gilbey, Lieut.-Colonel Commanding 1st Bucks Rille Volunteer Corps. There is also an engraved copper tablet inside the County Hall recording 158 Bucks Volunteers and Regulars who fell in the Boer War 1899-1902.

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