Extract from the Universal British Directory 1791

Lies in the centre of Buckinghamshire, in a pleasant vale, abounding with very good corn and pasture land for feeding sheep and beef. Aylesbury was a strong town in the beginning of the Saxon times ; and was made a manor royal in the time of William the Conqueror, who parcelled it out under this odd tenure,- that the tenants would find litter or straw for the king's bed-chamber three times a year, if he came that way so often, and provide him three eels in winter and three green geese in summer.

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