Sculpture

Standing Square in Aylesbury

If you’ve read last week’s post Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Aylesbury you’ll know I visited Aylesbury a couple of weekends ago.

I was there on my motorcycle to see the first anniversary of the unveiling of the statue of David Bowie. It’s in the arch of the Corn Exchange at the bottom of Aylesbury Market Square, and while I was there I took a look round that end of the square. There are other things to see.

Lion statue  Aylesbury

First I looked at the pair of big cast iron lions that loosely flank the statue of the 3rd Baron Chesham. The lions came from the grounds of the Rothschild’s Waddesdon Manor in 1888. Then I looked at the statue between them.

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Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Aylesbury

Detail  Earthly Messenger statue 03

Why is there a sculpture of David Bowie, in Aylesbury under the archway of the old Corn Exchange at the bottom corner of the Market Square?

Not everyone knows that David Bowie had a strong connection with the Friars music club in the Market Square; the world debuts of two albums, Hunky Dory (in September 1971) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (in January 1972) were both at Friars.

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