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It’s good sometimes just to reminisce, believe you me we do a lot of that when we are working on Talk About Bletchley. Over the next few weeks I will be inserting some adverts we have found in old copies of The Bletchley Gazette, just to start off here’s a few from the Bletchley Co-operative Society in 1951.

For those of you old enough to remember the prices charged are all in the old currency obviously, £ s d, long before decimilization took place. Some may argue that you could purchase a lot more then for your money, others will counter that and say, ‘well our wages were a lot lower’! However you feel we cannot halt the passage of time, but it’s good to look back and see what things were really like 66 years ago!



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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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Bletchley photos!

Over the years many parents used to make the annual pilgrimage to Iron’s Shoe Shop in Bletchley, particularly before the new school term commenced; one of the main reasons for this was because the shop had the latest technology to measure children’s feet, ensuring the shoes purchased were a perfect fit. It was at the time considered state-of-the-art, the youngster’s feet were expertly measured by Mr Iron’s and his staff and they were always willing to give good sound advice.

Left: the frontage of Iron’s Shoe shop in Bletchley Road: Right: the interior of the shop, three young Mum’s wait while their children have their feet measured.

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Having spent some time shopping in Bletchley it was time to catch the train back to Woburn Sands. I decided that rather than travel from the main railway station I would go down to Fenny Stratford station. It was a pretty dreary old day and the August sun had failed to appear once again, this did not help the general appearance of the station. The once proud Station House and ticket office were all boarded up, paint peeling from the once decorative frontage; being very much interested in preservation and heritage I was saddened to see its decline.

Just to jog your memory of how things used to look at Fenny Station I’ve included this rather idylic photograph of how things used to be!

The old Station House in days gone by!

In contrast a few stops down the line at Ridgmont railway station there is a small musuem and heritage centre; also for those of you who enjoy a lovely cuppa and a nice piece of cake I do recommend the lovely old tearoom. See the link below:


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I’ve always been slightly sceptical about horoscopes in the daily newspaper, sometimes their predictions seem to me a bit too far fetched. However, I don’t really want to get into a debate or upset anybody on that, because I know some people believe in them implicitly and if they get comfort from that it’s good!

On December 13th, 1983, Russell Grant the British astrologer and media personality came to the Bletchley Co-operative Society in Queensway. Looking at the photographs I do wonder if it was the beginning of the Christmas celebrations at the local store. Most certainly the staff and customers seem to be having a great time!

Russell and the staff in party mode!

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Chestnut Chasers!

Now here’s a photograph from the 1950s, the event was clearly part of the local celebrations for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II! Looking at the location I think it was possibly taken outside The Plough public house in Water Eaton. The group were called the ‘Chestnut Chasers’ which might indicate a connection with Chestnut Crescent!

I know it was over 60 years ago but possibly somebody can shed some light on what was actually going on, possibly a run from pub to pub! Maybe, one of the ‘Chasers’ could fill us in with some details, or alternatively one of their relatives. Whatever, we would be pleased to hear from you!

Clearly a fit band of men, ripe and ready for the off!


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Here’s a really old photograph of The Old Swan, Shenley Road, Old Bletchley. To help some of you get your bearings the road ahead leads to the crossroads (originally called Trees Square). Straight over the road leads to Newton Longville, the road to the right goes to Buckingham, then if you turn left at the bottom of Shenley Road you would climb Majors Hill which would lead you along the Buckingham Road to the Bletchley Railway Station; hope my directional skills have not confused you! Also, on the  opposite  corner was the old Shoulder of Mutton public house.

A gentleman stands outside The Old Swan, possibly waiting for a well-deserved drink!


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