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Another Bletchley photo

Two buildings that would have made us proud if they’d survived.

Co-op buildings - long gone

Co-op buildings – long gone

These two very different Co-op buildings sat very well together in Bletchley Road. The white ‘Jubilee’ building was opened in 1934, marking the 50th anniversary of the formation of the local Co-op.  The other, slightly older shop was unfortunately destroyed by fire in the late 1940s.

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Last year, we were approached by a local author for an old

Mysterious Milton Keynes

Mysterious Milton Keynes

photo of a Bletchley building that’s no longer there.  We were able to help with an image from the archive and this week he walked in with a copy of the published book for BCHI.

 Mysterious Milton Keynes is written by James Willis and explores the folklore, legends and tales of the area – including some from Bletchley and Fenny.  It is on sale now and should be in major shops in early September.

Although ours is only a small contribution to the book, it does show again how a local archive can be a useful asset.

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All the talk at the moment is of the heat wave, but 50 years ago Bletchley was experiencing a similar thing. I am sure it was the same as today, some loved it and some didn’t.

It was the season for school and church fetes, Sunday School outings (mostly to Wicksteed Park), swimming in a local pool, or playing cricket in the recreation ground.

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As you walk or drive under the Bletchley railway bridge and flyover, you may not realise that 50 years ago, when the new bridge was built, the old bridge and foot tunnel, were buried in the embankment on the Park Hotel side.

Some may remember that occasionally a double decker bus would get stuck under the old bridge. Presumably the driver was trying to take a short cut.

Flyover

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Jack Cowley and his team enjoy a welcome break!

Jack Cowley and his team enjoy a welcome break!

 

Old damaged picture !

Old damaged picture !

I have received an interesting reply from Rob Turnbull (see comments below) regarding the picture of Jack Cowley. As you see the ‘original picture’ was damaged so I attempted to tidy it up a bit, doing so I cropped off the immediate right because of the damage. However, I feel by doing this I may have deleted an important part which may help identify the location. Looking at the untouched photo Rob, ‘do you think that the building on the right could be Spurgeon Memorial Baptist Church in Aylesbury Street’? We have no evidence to support my theory apart from the wording mentioning  Jack Cowley.

 

 

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The parade passes the ‘burnt out’ Bletchley Co-operative Society in the ‘old’ Bletchley Road!

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A busy scene at a location I’m sure many of you will know. Everybody seems to be dressed in their finery and possibly off to celebrate something! Have a guess where it is.

Not a yellow 'double line' in sight!

Not a yellow ‘double line’ in sight!

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