SP8633 : Bletchley Park Lake and Office Buildings (Blocks A and B)

taken 5 years ago, near to Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Great Britain

Bletchley Park Lake and Office Buildings (Blocks A and B)
Bletchley Park Lake and Office Buildings (Blocks A and B)
By 1941, the codebreaking activities had outgrown the mansion, cottages and wooden huts at Bletchley Park. Blocks A and B were the first of a programme of more permanent brick and concrete buildings on the site.

Today, much of Block A houses commercial offices and is not open to the public. Block B houses various exhibitions and galleries relating to wartime Bletchley Park.
Bletchley Park - Home of The Codebreakers

The Bletchley Park mansion was originally the home of the financier and Liberal MP, Sir Herbert Samuel Leon LinkExternal link . In 1938, the mansion and 58 acres of the estate were bought by Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), for use by the secret services in the event of war.

During World War II, Bletchley Park was used by the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), a secret team of individuals including a number of scholars turned Codebreakers, and it became the centre of the Britainís decryption efforts. The GC&CS mission was to crack the Nazi codes and ciphers. The most famous of the cipher systems to be broken at Bletchley Park was the Enigma but there were also a large number of lower-level German systems to break as well as the military codes and ciphers that secured Italian, Japanese, and other Axis nationís communications.

In January 1945, at the peak of codebreaking efforts, some 9,000 personnel were working at Bletchley; over 12,000 different people (some 80% of them women, primarily seconded from Britain's armed forces and Civil Service) were assigned there at various points throughout the war. To accommodate the staff, a number of extra buildings were erected on the site; some were wooden huts, others were brick-built.

Bletchley Park rejoices in the fact that, until fairly recently, it was probably Britainís best kept secret. This is because the secrecy surrounding all the activities carried on here during World War Two was of vital importance to our national security and ultimate victory. After the War, the secrecy imposed on Bletchley staff remained in force, so that most relatives never knew more than that a child, spouse, or parent had done some kind of secret war work. Public discussion of Bletchley's work finally became possible in the late 1970s and in July 2009 the British government announced that Bletchley personnel would be recognised with a commemorative badge.

After the war, GC&CS became the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and left Bletchley in 1946. The site saw a number of uses, including as a teacher-training college and local GPO headquarters but by 1991 it was nearly empty and the buildings were at risk of demolition for redevelopment. In February 1992, the Milton Keynes Borough Council declared most of the Park a conservation area, and the Bletchley Park Trust was formed to maintain the site as a museum. The site opened to visitors in 1993 and Bletchley Park is now a flourishing heritage attraction. Open seven days a week, it is popular with individuals and families, as well as school groups and tour parties (LinkExternal link Bletchley Park Trust).

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Monday, 5 September, 2016   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 10 September, 2016
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Historic sites and artefacts  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Country estates  People, Events  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 865 339 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.8305N 0:44.4724W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 865 338
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