Back in Time: Fantastic photo shows steam engine chugging through Stocklake

Stocklake, 1914
Stocklake, 1914

The recent news about Stocklake’s proposed road improvement scheme has prompted me to dig out this old postcard from 100 years ago.

The shot was taken from a footbridge that once crossed the railway line at Park Street.

Back then Aylesbury had two railway stations – High Street and the present one at the bottom of Great Western Street.

The High Street one was run by the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) and the route went from Aylesbury, through Broughton Crossing, Marston Gate, Mentmore Crossing and joined up with the mainline at Cheddington.

Passenger services ceased in 1953 and the line was taken up in the mid 1960s.

The trackbed at Stocklake is now obscured by trees and overgrowth.

There are a few traces left along the route such as remains of the odd telegraph pole and signal post.

It is likely that much of this Stocklake section will be destroyed if the roadworks go ahead.