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One of the first things I saw as a child when approaching the top of Cottingham Grove was the Eight Bells public house, not quite as I remembered it because the photograph below was taken many years beforehand. I know they had a large yard at the rear and it looks also that they may have had some stables there at the time.

Standing outside the pub in the Buckingham Road, Church Green Road to the right.

Standing outside the pub in the Buckingham Road, Church Green Road to the right.

It’s interesting to see the wording at the right-hand side of the picture, L.&N.W. This refers I should imagine to the London and North Western Railway, I do wonder if it may have been a station hotel because of its proximity to the railway station. Also, of course the name of the pub is The Eight Bells, not the Eight Belles as it was renamed many years later!

 

 

 

 

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Bletchley photos!

How did you spend the long Summer holidays when you were at school? I have to admit that when I found this old photograph of The Newfoundout it brought back a few memories. The photograph I think must be the early part of the 1900s because of the lack of vegetation by the side of the water, in my childhood days it was lined with shrubs and trees in the late ’50-to-early ’60s.

A group of children sit by the old fishing pontoon.

A group of children sit by the old fishing pontoon.

The old pump house stands to the right. To the left of the picture two gentleman are walking up the footpath, this led up to the single railway loop that linked the London mainline to the Oxford line. From the top you could see the (now defunct) Flettons Brickworks, to the right of the works was the flooded pit that was renamed The Blue Lagoon.

If you have any memories of this location please let us know.

 

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Bletchley photos!

An old photograph that many people may recognise, the location being on the Buckingham Road. For those of you who are unsure it is the old gatehouse to Bletchley Park, through the gates it leads to the ‘derelict’ Pavilion that many of us remember well. Further to the left of the wall is the Freeman Memorial Methodist Church. The narrow road in the foreground is the Water Eaton Road. Standing there today as you know there is a mini-roundabout with cars ‘dashing to and fro’, with not a minute to spare!

The old lodge gates in 1907

The old lodge gates in 1907

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The first golf links in Bletchley appear to have been at Holne Chase in Buckingham Road.

There are records that show that the links existed in 1910. At this time Holne Chase belonged to Edward and John Freeman.

As can be seen from the map below, drawn by John (later Major) Chadwick, the town surveyor. The numbers of  the holes are a bit haphazard, but there appear be nine.

Golf course at Holne Chase

Golf course at Holne Chase

Next to Holne Chase was The Grange. This was originally a farmhouse called Brooklands. It was owned by Major Whiteley,who died in a tragic plane crash, towards the end of World War Two. Others who died in the crash were General Sikorski, the Polish Premier, and Victor Cazalet M.P. The cause of the crash has never been determined.

Some will remember the row of cottages on a bank on Buckingham Road, just west of Cottingham Grove (See Bletchley Photos story)  https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/bletchley-photos-47/. It is assumed that they were estate cottages. They were demolished when the Poet’s Estate was built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bletchley photos!

The photograph below is from c.1960 and shows a small section of shops in Bletchley Road/Queensway, can you remember them all by name? To give you a bit of a start and location, you can see on the bottom left of the photograph some signs from the forecourt of Tompkins and Moss garage.

Days gone by!

Days gone by!

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