Back in Time: When Aylesbury High Street had film star looks

Aylesbury High Street, 1960
Aylesbury High Street, 1960

This is one of those photographs that looks like it’s taken from a movie set.

The lighting is perfect and there is a beautiful quality to it. The view is of Aylesbury’s High Street in 1960. Many of the shops along there had been around for quite some time.

On the left is Ivatts shoe shop, the demand for shoes must have been greater in those days as they had a number of shops dotted about the town.

Further along from there is WH Smith’s shop which is the third one with the awning. The Granada cinema is on the opposite side of the street.

This later became a bingo hall which still survives today.

Looking down the very bottom of the street we can see the chimney of Hazell, Watson & Viney’s printing works.

That part of the factory was demolished in the 1980s.