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Newfoundout thoughts

In response to Sandra’s query about the origin of ‘Newfoundout’, I had a look on the web for other examples of the name.  Now, none of this might be relevant but it’s interesting where it does come up.

There are a number of pubs around – Bristol, Hertfordshire, Sussex and Newport in Wales. And there’s also a farm in Oxfordshire, a copse in Sussex and a town in Guyana!

There’s a link with Welsh mining – Prentwyn Slope colliery had coal seams called The Meadow, Old Coal and New Found Out.  In this context it referred to a new seam not fully confirmed.

But there are three Irish connections too.

1. A fishing pool in a river near Skibereen, close to the south coast

2. There’s a swimming cove just south of Kilkee on the west coast – an annual diving competition there looks a bit scary!

3. Irish emigrants in the mid-1800s were induced by the Canadian government to settle in an area referred to as the Opeongo Road – to open up trade routes.  A long abandoned ‘ghost’ town there is called Newfoundout.

I wonder, given the Irish involvement in building the railways, whether there is something in that…

Ice skating on the Newfoundout - 1920s

Ice skating on the Newfoundout – 1920s

In the meantime, here’s a photo with a
‘Don’t try this’ warning –


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Many of us have passed this building on our way into Fenny Stratford!

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Two little girls in ‘their Sunday best’ out for a ride on their pony!

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Since first publishing the picture of Munday’s old shop in High Street, Fenny Stratford, we have had a lot of comment and interest! BCHI volunteer Alan Kay used to live next door with his wife Sheila and he replies in the letter below to Vince Mainolfi one of our regular visitors to Talk About Bletchley.


Hi Vince,

Regarding Mrs Munday’s shop; I was rather puzzled at first by your question about building the shop front on to the house, but have since realised that the picture you may first have seen could have been the one as shown in the Red House picture.

At some stage in its transition from farmhouse to shop, the front was altered which may have been when the thatched roof was replaced with tiles and the bay window created. In my earlier piece I said it went back to Georgian times, but I remember Elizabethan also being mentioned.

What I say next may require corroboration, but it is how I remember things. The premises, I believe, after Mrs Munday had died, were bought by Dr Carter of the Red House, who undertook its refurbishment. Unfortunately, however, after some alteration the structure was found to be unsafe due to there being no foundations. Later another builder undertook the project and was more successful and named it Grade House, but as I had moved away from the area I cannot recall the details when all of this took place.


The picture showing the rear of the site from the back garden gives a better idea of what the original building would have looked like. The large chimney to the left is in the end wall (which is about 4ft thick) of the cottage and is above the room which had the bay window.

When I was there this room had a ‘thirties-style tiled fireplace but during its restoration, on being removed, displayed an ingle-nook which no-one knew of! And when we came to redecorate some of the rooms, stripping the wallpaper revealed the walls were of wattle-and-daub.

The cottage took up the gable on the left and the shop was to the right. The back door led into the tiny kitchen through which the stairs and the front room were accessed from a small hallway.

The stairs led up to a small room under the left-hand gable which also acted as a landing. It had two doors in it, one of which opened onto the master bedroom, the other, to the front bedroom.

At the front, next to the shop and at the Red House end, was a small room, which I think was used for stores, and behind this was Mrs Munday’s part which was L-shaped and extended into the end-on building on the right with a door opening onto the yard. Behind the trellis fence where some figures can be seen was a ‘capped’ well, about 6ft diam., into which a pony and cart once almost fell when the wooden cover collapsed!

Well, that’s about all I remember, Vince – so who says there are no interesting buildings in Bletchley?



To read the original blog and comments just click on the link: https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/bletchley-picture/#comments

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I’m sure many of you out there will quite probably guess or know where this is! Nevertheless, I thought it will hopefully bring some discussion on the location and even some may know somebody who had lived close by.


Clearly, everybody ‘apart from the horse’ seems pleased to get in on the picture!

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