With the Chilterns Tourism Network
MARY TEBJE of
WILLIAM I demanded two green geese and three green eels.
At the Norman Conquest, William the Conqueror took the manor of Aylesbury and had is listed as a royal manor in the Domesday Book of 1086. Some local lands were subsequently granted by the king to citizens upon the extraordinary tenure that the owners should provide straw for the monarch’s bed, sweet herbs for his chamber, and two green geese and three eels for his table, whenever he should visit Aylesbury.
The Kings Head, in Market Square, Aylesbury is an historic ancient coaching inn dating back to about 1450, though the cellars may be 13th century. It is one of the oldest public houses with a coaching yard in the south of England.
Now owned by the National Trust, the building has many fascinating architectural features, including rare stained glass windows, exposed wattle and daub and the original stabling for the inn. Beautiful beams and wooden floors bedeck The Farmers’ Bar which is owned and run by the nearby and popular Chiltern Brewery, serving fine English ales, bottled Chilterns-inspired beers, Rothschild wines and a hearty lunch.
King Henry VI possibly stayed here in the 15th century while on a tour of the country with his new wife Margaret of Anjou. A stained glass panel was later inserted in the front window of the inn, depicting the king and queen’s coats of arms.
In 1529, Henry VIII declared Aylesbury the new county town of Buckinghamshire, it is thought he did so to curry favour with Thomas Boleyn who owned Aylesbury Manor. According to local folklore, Henry subsequently wooed Anne in the Solar Room above the Great Hall in the Kings Head in 1533.