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Aylesbury dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, and has been the county town of Buckinghamshire since the reign of Henry V111. The town today is a mixture of old and new, modern shopping facilities alongside historic buildings.

The focal centre is the Market Square, with the County Hall of 1740 dominating its lower end. There is a magnificent frontage to the King’s Head public house, dating from 1450. It has stain-glassed windows commemorating the marriage of Henry V1 to Margaret of Anjou 1445, who are said to have stayed there on their honeymoon.

Oliver Cromwell is also to have visited the King’s Arms.

The Market Square has a statue of Disraeli, John Hampden and Lord Chesham, also a fine clock tower of 1876.

There is a wealth of splendid 19th century buildings.