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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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Kids on cracker

This flight of fancy shows Brian Adams and brother Paul, of 61 Church Green Road, rivalling Santa Claus.

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In a survey of Bletchley’s hospital patients, two thirds go to Aylesbury group and one third to Northampton group. Also to the former go practically all Bletchley’s aged and chronic sick, and most of the maternity cases.

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Shown above is Bletchley’s new telephone exchange in Victoria Road being opened, it cost £130,000, and was opened by Counsellor E. R. Staniford. Also in the picture are Mrs. A.E. Staniford, and Mrs J.R. Elmer who were the two original ‘hello girls’ in 1905.

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Tattenhoe Church

Tattenhoe Church

This photo shows Tattenhoe church which before the building of Milton Keynes was almost surrounded by trees, and rarely used. It is now surrounded by houses and holds a service every week.

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