Karl Vaughan’s Back in Time: County Tower still a shell

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THE year is 1965 and we take a look at Aylesbury during a period of immense change when a huge area of the town centre vanished for good.

This photograph by John Sale shows the new County Offices being constructed behind buildings in Great Western Street.

A10 WEEK 30'MCBH'rd'Nostalgia BCC tower from Station Way near Duck farm court

A10 WEEK 30'MCBH'rd'Nostalgia BCC tower from Station Way near Duck farm court

The route of Oxford Road had just been extended from its junction with Rickfords Hill and on through the gardens of Friarscroft and The Friarage to create the road we know today as Friarage Road.

The fenced off area would later become a roundabout. The old building on the left with the cupola on its roof is the Railway Hotel which Niklaus Pevsner described as ‘an engaging little horror’.

Personally I would love to see such a building still in the town. It was a good example of railway architecture and had many curious features, notably a number of grotesques sitting on the gable ends of the roof.