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Take yourself back: Aylesbury in the 80s

Aylesbury 1980s

10:36am 11th March 2017
(Updated 9:17am 16th February 2018)

Aylesbury always seems to be a town going through big changes.

But how much has it really changed since the 1980s?

We take a look back at some familiar sights and some lost ones, with the help of Aylesbury Remembered and photographers who captured the town.

A man could still buy a cow in the town centre: 

Sunny days were spent here: 

We were still in the days of British Rail:

Aylesbury 1980's

You could enjoy a film in one of three screens: 

Aylesbury Odeon.

We made hair products: 

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And were home to a printworks: 


Aylesbury canal from High Street bridge, early 1980s

McDonald's was just arriving: 

Over on the other side, Hale Leys had a different face: 

You could enjoy a marching band:

...with some lovely retro logos on show 

Now that's unusual !

The hospital looked a little, well, smaller: 

Walton Street was a very different place: 

Early in the decade, Watermead didn't even exist! 

Neither did the Bourg Walk... or Morrisons, for that matter: 

But some sights are still very familiar:  

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Oh, and Princess Di popped by: 

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There are 3 comments on this page.

Ron Adams
Ron Adams, on 11th March 2017 12:11pm
Thank you for putting my old pictures on, I just wish I'd taken more at the time. Ron Adams. ( Dalnor Smada should be Dlanor Smada, my name backwards ) Pedantic or what ?
Kevin Trott
Kevin Trott, on 12th March 2017 7:26am
What a brilliant retrospective. Having been born and lived in Aylesbury all my life I can remember all of these places. It is wonderful to be able to look back on the Aylesbury that I once knew.
Karl Vaughan
Karl Vaughan, on 13th March 2017 1:08pm
Thanks for sharing my photos from the Aylesbury Remembered Facebook page. I've recently created a separate website with other photos of Aylesbury going back to the 1850s. Just go to www.aylesburyremembered.com to browse through the collection. More is being added every week.

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