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Bletchley photos!

Most of you will know the location of these shops, but possibly do not recognize the names on the shop fronts; certainly for me the two on the right are very familiar. The purchase of my first bicycle from Don Sewell’s cycle shop, this being a very heavy green Raleigh! Also, having to go back to him with great humiliation when I buckled the front wheel; Don saved the day but warned me that trying to ride up the kerb was ‘not’ a good idea! Many years later the Bedfordshire Building Society came to my aid when I signed on the dotted line for a mortgage for my first house!

A familiar parade of shops in Bletchley Road/Queensway in 1972.

A familiar parade of shops in Bletchley in 1972.

Now here’s a little tester, ‘does anybody remember the shop on the left of Sports and Games’?

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In 1883, the Dunmore House School, the first of two private colleges was built by Mr & Mrs Alfred Holloway, in latter years this building was to become the Bletchley Conservative Club.

Pupils at the college were prepared for Certificates in the Society of Sciences, Kensington, Pitman’s, The ‘Phonetic’ Society and the Civil Service.

In June, 1920, on directions from Mrs Richard Selby-Lowndes, Elmers in Old Bletchley was put up for sale. Due to the success of Dunmore College, Professor and Mrs Holloway needed larger premises and they acquired the property.

In 1922 Elmers reopened as Bletchley Grammar School; the Principal being, S. H. Still, MCP.

elmers

To get a larger view of the photographs just click on the image!

A small section of the 1920 school photo!

A small section of the 1920 school photo!

In the second row, third boy from the right is Thomas Neale. Thomas was the son of the village baker from Wavendon and attended the school. It is interesting to see the subjects he studied in the 1920s (see report below), fortunately, the ‘remarks’ at the bottom were good! According to his daughter Ingrid the boys and girls studied separately, however, whenever a girl or lady entered the room the boys ‘always had to stand’. One of Thomas’s passions was cricket, he was all set to get his ‘tasselled’ cricket cap but unfortunately his father soon put a stop to that; the horse and cart had to be all ‘ready for the Saturday bread round’!

Thomas Neale's school report.

Thomas Neale’s school report.

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The Elmers was subsequently requisitioned by the government just prior to the outbreak of hostilities and became part of Station X at Bletchley Park.

 

 

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Bletchley’s ‘second’ Grammar School was opened in 1956, the headmaster being Mr Donald Halewood, it was built in what was part of the grounds of Bletchley Park off the Buckingham Road. It was a bilateral school catering for grammar and technical education.

P4060 Grammar Sch staff mid 1960s

Bletchley Grammar School staff from the mid-1960s.

The new tower block at the Grammar School was opened on December 3rd, 1962. The number of pupils had increased to 530, as opposed to 151 when the school first opened.

Unfortunately the school was not to last, closing in 1973 with most of its students transferring to Wilton Secondary School which was to change its name to Lord Grey. The buildings were taken over and became Bletchley/Milton Keynes College. The tower block was demolished in 2001 and a new building now stands in its place.

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We’ve found lots of references to ‘Gazzers’ in the old copies of the Bletchley Gazette and wondered if there were a few of you out there with some memories of this. You can post a comment with your story.

Lisa Bevan, pictured here with Peter Burr at the Gazette Offices, was the first registered member. This photo was one of a number taken for the gazette in January 1976 and the accompanying article lists the names of the first 100 members from Bletchley and the budding Milton Keynes.

Lisa having a go at the Intertype machine

Lisa having a go at the Intertype machine

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We like to help Living Archive with their projects so please have a look at this flyer and tell anyone you know who might have memories or photos. Rugby has been played in Bletchley for many years so there must be some good stories out there.

Rugby Memories Wanted

Rugby Memories Wanted

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Bletchley photos!

In 2014 (see link below)  I wrote a small blog about Fenny Stratford railway station. The reason being I was somewhat confused at there seemingly being only one platform at the station. I had travelled the line in the 1940’s to Bedford a lot and was convinced there were two platforms facing each other.

https://talkaboutbletchley.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/bletchley-photos-18/

Looking through the photographic archive at Bletchley Community Heritage I found this old photograph from the early 1900’s. You can see clearly there are two platforms, however the platform for Bedford is further down the line on the left.

Waiting for the train to Bletchley!

Waiting for the train to Bletchley!

As you get older I know the mind plays some funny tricks, however if anybody can solve this and produce a photograph from the 1940’s I would be very pleased!

 

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