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Bletchley photos!

Just recently I put up a post about two teachers called ‘Jones’ who used to teach at Bletchley Road Secondary Modern, see:

https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/2345/. One of our visitors mentioned other teachers who taught her at the school. I have found this photograph of the teaching staff from the early to mid-’50s some of you may find interesting.

P1213 Teachers at Bletchley Road School

Of course, for those who used to go to Bletchley Road Secondary Modern there were also ‘two’ other teachers called Jones, can anybody recognise them?

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Bletchley photos!

In our photographic archive at BCH we have a varied mix of images, some modern and a good selection of ‘old’ photographs. Many of you will recognise this one below and its location, others may not be so certain.  Because of its age it’s a bit grainy but fortunately still has plenty of detail.

The Elms, 1870; this is the junction of Victoria Road and Vicarage Road.

The Elms, 1870; this is the junction of Victoria Road and Vicarage Road.

 

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Government planners have chosen the Bletchley area as the site for a possible new city which, ‘in the very long term’, might house a quarter of a million people. They foresee that the present population may explode from its present figure to something near 100,000 by 1981.

The use of the words ‘Bletchley area’ would seem to imply the big expansion would be more than just a growth of the present Bletchley town. Indeed the report states that the present town is not a sufficient ‘base’ for such expansion.

Mr H. J. Price, the town’s Development Committee Chairman, thinks the new development would be shaped like a figure eight, having two centres, one of them being the present town centre.

The report goes on: ‘The existing town of Bletchley had a population of 16,900 in 1961 and there is not a sufficient base for building up the area by means of expansion of the existing town. The growth potential of the area’s existing industry is not only moderate but has the natural economic advantages of the location and this should ensure the success of the new town.

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However, The Bucks County Planning Officer, Mr Frederick Pooley, is insisting that Bletchley itself will not be part of the proposed city. The town will retain its identity.

He is taking the phrase ‘Bletchley area’ used several times in the report to mean that the city would be near the town, but not ‘on’ it.

Cllr H. J.  Price, Bletchley’s Development Committee was asked to comment upon this said: ‘If the Ministry is prepared to go along with the views you quote expressed by Mr Pooley, then this could virtually be sticking a knife in the back of Bletchley, and one would expect a wholesale resignation of local councillors.

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Fifty-one years on we have a thriving Milton Keynes, much as Mr Pooley predicted; also I have no evidence of a mass resignation from Bletchley Council.

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A new convenience for Bletchley Road is to receive the Surveyor’s urgent attention.

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Queen’s Pool is to be lined in time for the opening this season.

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Bletchley Salvation Army has been granted the use of the Leon Recreational Ground on June 13 for their annual fête.

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Bletchley Round Table are again organising a Donkey Derby this year, in aid of ‘The Coppice’ old people’s home and the local Blind Association. This will be held in late May or early June and Bletchley Council have granted the use of land in Derwent Drive.

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The Area Planning Officer has submitted a plan of the proposed new Holne Chase Primary School.

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A ‘Slow, major road ahead’ sign has been purchased for the North Street/Cambridge Street/Western Road junction.

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Bletchley photos!

As many of you know the ‘old’ Pavilion in Bletchley Park has been a talking point for many years. Once a hub of sporting activity, plus of course the venue for the Bletchley Show over many years, latterly in its life it was the home of the North Bucks Music Centre; now sadly it has fallen into a dreadful state of repair. Below you will see two photographs from our archive at BCH, these show the Pavilion in its heyday.

The old Pavilion in 1907.

View looking towards the Pavilion as I used to remember it as a child in the 1940s.

View looking towards the Pavilion as I used to remember it as a child in the 1940s and 1950s

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Just for interest I’ve included some links for you to have a look at, firstly from the MK Heritage site and written by local historian, John Taylor.

http://www.mkheritage.co.uk/mkha/mkha/projects/jt/tw/docs/3.html

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Here’s one from the BBC, highlighting the state of the building in 2011.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-15235988

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Also, in the same year this website commented on the Pavilion.

https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/bletchleys-buildings/

 

 

 

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Bletchley photos!

It was confusing for many of the new intake at Bletchley Road Secondary School during their first year, the reason being that ‘four’ of the teachers were called Jones. Two of them were brothers who used to live I believe I’m correct in saying in Stony Stratford; they were Mr Horace Jones and his brother Eric Jones. Both excellent teachers, much loved by many for their kind helpful manner.

Below you will see both teachers with their respective class photographs from the 1960s.

Mr Horace Jones with his class.

Mr Horace Jones with his class.

Mr Eric Jones and class.

Mr Eric Jones and class.

If you were in one of the Jones’ brothers classes please let us know.

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The year was November 1972, Robert Brothers Circus were parading their troop of elephants from Bletchley Railway Station down Queensway, the excitement brought out many of the ‘locals’, were you there?

For a larger view of the photograph just click on the image.

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