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Bletchley photos!

Many of us have spent enjoyable hours at The Studio Cinema in the Bletchley Road. One of my first visits to the cinema was to see the film of the first official ascent of Everest in 1953, this was when Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing conquered the notorious peak, we were taken by the School so they must have considered it essential to the curriculum.

I don’t suppose for a minute I gave it any thought of how the film actually got on the screen. However, I’ve discovered this old photograph of two of the backroom boys who helped make the performance possible.

 K. J. Hurst, Projectionist and Brian Clare inside the Studio Cinema Projection Room


K. J. Hurst, Projectionist and Brian Clare inside the Studio Cinema Projection Room

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Bletchley photos!

Having not seen a good childhood friend for many years I was delighted when he called in to see us at Bletchley Community Heritage recently. Colin Brown and myself spent many happy hours playing together around the Cottingham Grove and Newfoundout areas, if only our parents knew where we had ventured I think that they might have been somewhat¬†concerned. When Colin came into the Library he brought in a sketchbook that he had put together when he was at Bletchley Grammar School, one of the sketches he did was looking through the gateway of the Bottom Lodge at Bletchley Park towards Flettons Brickworks.¬†Well here’s an old photograph looking in the opposite direction towards The Bottom Lodge and the gates through which Colin drew his sketch. Looking at the house just to the left inside the gates used to live the groundsman, a gentleman who I believe was called Mr Gibbs. As children we used to creep past the house and if he saw us he used to shout and give chase, I can confirm that he used to have a ‘good turn of speed’!

If anybody is not too sure where this location is I can best describe it as opposite the junction of Water Eaton Road and the Buckingham Road. Through this gate you could access the now ‘derelict’ Bletchley Park Pavilion.

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Bletchley photos!

Just recently I discovered this lovely old sepia photograph of Bletchley Road and thought you might like to share it! Looking closely you can’t fail to notice that the pace of life was certainly different then, no speeding motorist or perhaps more appropriately should I say ‘no galloping horse’! The boys on the right seem more interested in getting in on the photograph than pushing their cart. The greenhouses to the left belong to the Bletchley Co-operative Society and are named Park Nurseries so seemingly they used to grow their own produce. Also, have you noticed there is only a pavement on the left-hand side of the road?

For those of you who are still unsure of the location, beyond the greenhouse is Albert Street.

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