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Archive for January, 2014

 

Sunny Central Gardens

Sunny Central Gardens

With reference to our previous post showing the car park in 1973, here’s an earlier view around the same area, when Central Gardens was a ‘leisure centre’ with its open air swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green and floral gardens.  Many people remember this with great fondness.  Or perhaps you know different.

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Bletchley’s Parking Solution

Princes Way junction in 1973

Princes Way junction in 1973

Remember the old multi-storey car park? Was it a good thing – or bad?

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Our current exhibit at Bletchley library is a collection of aerial images of the town at different times over the last 75 years – and a few maps, too.

From pre-Enigma Bletchley Park through to the building of the Lakes Estate and Stephenson House, there are interesting views to be seen .  Come along and see if you can spot some of the buildings you remember in your younger days.

Bletchley Community Heritage staff and volunteers are at the library on Tuesday and Friday mornings but the photos are on show during normal library hours for the next month.

A view of the Newfoundout and Central Bletchley

A view of the Newfoundout and Central Bletchley

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50 Years Ago In Bletchley

Top Ten

Best selling ‘pop’ records in Bletchley last week were:

  1. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
  2. She Loves You – The Beatles
  3. Glad all Over – The Dave Clark Five
  4. You Were Made For Me – Freddie and the Dreamers
  5.  I Only Want To Be With You – Dusty Springfield
  6. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa – Gene Pitney
  7. With The Beatles – The Beatles (L.P.)
  8. Stay – The Hollies
  9. Twist And Shout – The Beatles (E.P.)
  10.  Dominique – The Singing Nun

Compiled from lists supplied by Messrs Carlow Radio Ltd, Headoms, Weatherhead, Leech and Hainge and the Co-operative Record Centre.

 

Young Brickies At The Panto.

Two hundred and fifty children of Bletchley employees of The London Brick Company travelled to Oxford in six coaches on Monday to see Jimmy Edwards in ‘Merry King Cole’. After the pantomime the children, who were from 8 to 14 years old, were given a delicious tea. The trip was organised by Mr. C.W. Watts and other members of the Management Committee.

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Bletchley photos!

At Bletchley Community Heritage we have a small collection of school photographs that we have in our archive. Some of them are a bit ‘dog-eared’ and the ‘ravages of time’ have not been kind to them, however this one of Water Eaton County Junior School is a good one; does anybody remember some of the smiling faces?

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A long time before the threat of privatisation, these proud Postmen line up with their delivery vans at Bletchley Railway Station in the 1930s!

Does anybody recognise anybody in the photograph?

Does anybody recognise relatives or friends in the photograph?

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You may be aware that Living Archive has a large archive of negatives produced by the Gazette photographers from 1967 to the late 1980s – we’ve displayed some of these on this blog and in our library displays.  Images like these:

Bowling at Bletchley Leisure Centre

Bowling at Bletchley Leisure Centre

Queensway in 1973

Queensway in 1973

But there were some big gaps in that archive and this was a source of much frustration.  Now, however, The Citizen has passed on a huge new archive of negatives and prints covering the last 30 years – and also some boxes containing most of those images previously missing from the Gazette archive. This new archive will take years of work to properly sort and catalogue but hopefully we will be able to scan and print a few of them in the coming months.

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