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Back In Time: Crier’s crafty smoke during King’s coronation

Town Crier celebrating King Edward VII's coronation in August 1902 in Market Square, Aylesbury

Town Crier celebrating King Edward VII's coronation in August 1902 in Market Square, Aylesbury

  • by Karl Vaughan
 

On August 10 1902 King Edward VII was coronated and Aylesbury celebrated the occasion.

Seen here is Francis Slade the Town Crier taking a break in Market Square.

He is carrying his bell under his right arm and in his left is a cigar.

He was also in the business of bill posting with his grandfather Joseph Taylor who was also Town Crier in his day.

The buildings behind Francis are the Temperance Hotel on the left, the Cross Keys pub in the middle and the Coach & Horses pub on the right.

All of these were demolished in 1965 to make way for Friars Square.

If these buildings were here today they would have added greatly to the character of Market Square.

Too bad the developers of the past couldn’t see the potential of them in preference for modern concrete structures that are a blight on the landscape.

 

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