Back in Time: Eyesore inn’s demolition was a relief for locals

Kingsbury in the 1870s facing towards the Angel and, inset, the wrought iron sign bracket

Kingsbury in the 1870s facing towards the Angel and, inset, the wrought iron sign bracket

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Another visit to Kingsbury this week as we take a look at one of Aylesbury’s long lost inns.

The main photograph shows Kingsbury in the 1870s and just visible in the centre is the sign of the Angel Inn.

The inn was tucked away behind the single storey building and was many centuries old.

Buildings of this age require maintenance now and thenbut this one wasn’t looked after very well.

By the start of the 1920s its condition was so bad that when an application for a renewal of its licence was made in 1922 it was refused and the inn closed for good.

In 1930 the building was demolished, much to the relief of local people who regarded it as an eyesore.

Outside the old inn was an elaborate wrought iron sign bracket dating from about 1700.

This was salvaged and ended up in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Recently I visited the museum and photographed it.

The bracket is in good shape and is well looked after. It is a pity I had to go all the way to London to see it though.

It would be nice if it was on display in Aylesbury.