Archive for January, 2018

Leaky Citadel

Former Bletchley Salvation Army Hall, Church Street

Bletchley Gazette 9/11/57

During a concert given by the band and children’s choir at the Salvation Army Citadel in Church Street, water poured in from the roof near the skylight where tiles had been torn off by the gale the previous night.

In next to no time, there ‘rivers’ running along the floor of the hall. Buckets, bowls and a bath were fetched to catch the water, but by this time members of the band were forced to move. There was also a shifting around by members of  the congregation who wanted to keep their feet dry.


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Renny Lodge Gates Go

Bletchley Gazette 19/10/57

The four huge gates at the entrance to Renny Lodge Hospital in Newport Pagnell have been pulled down, and with them has been the last characteristics of the old ‘poor law’ establishment. Many Bletchley people went to stay there over the years. The gates were 12 feet  high, made of iron, and weighed several hundredweights.

It is hoped that just as the gates are gone, so also will go the last preduces of those people who have always thought of Renny Lodge as the workhouse, and to go there meant social disgrace.

For many years now Renny Lodge has been a friendly hospital where expert treatment is given, especially to the older folk.

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Bletchley Rotary Charity Ball

Does any one recognize any faces in this photo ?

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