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  Kids.net.au - Encyclopedia Bletchley Park -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Bletchley Park is a stately home in Buckinghamshire in England, about 50 miles north of London.
During World War II, Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom's efforts to break Axis ciphers, particularly the Enigma and Lorenz[?] cyphers used by Nazi Germany.
The Bletchley Park effort was comparable in influence to other WW II-era technological efforts, such as the development of microwave radar at MIT's Radiation Lab and the Manhattan Project's development of nuclear weapons.
www.kidsseek.com /encyclopedia-wiki/bl/Bletchley_Park   (369 words)

 Bletchley, Milton Keynes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bletchley is split between the parishes of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford and West Bletchley.
Bletchley is located on the Roman road Watling Street, and was also a major Victorian railway junction (the London and North Western Railway with the Oxford-Cambridge line), which led to the huge urban growth in the town in that period.
Bletchley thrived in the early years of the growth of the new city, since it was the main shopping area.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bletchley,_Milton_Keynes   (554 words)

 Bletchley Park Encyclopedia Article @ ParksAndWildlife.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The lands of the Bletchley Park estate were formerly part of the Manor of Eaton, included in the Domesday Book in 1086.
The Bletchley Park effort was comparable in influence to other WWII-era technological efforts, such as the cryptographic work at Arlington Hall, the Naval Communications Annex (both in Washington, DC, and both in commandeered private girls' schools), the development of sophisticated microwave radar at MIT's Radiation Lab, and the Manhattan Project's development of nuclear weapons
The Bletchley Park Trust was formed on 13 February 1992 in order to further the maintenance of the site as a museum devoted to the codebreakers.
www.parksandwildlife.com /encyclopedia/Bletchley_Park   (1671 words)

 Bletchley Park Part 1 - The Estate to September 1939
THE BLETCHLEY PARK estate is situated in the small town of Bletchley which now forms part of the sprawling 'new town' of Milton Keynes.
The present Bletchley Park lot of fifty-five acres was bought by a developers’ syndicate led by Captain Hubert Faulkner, a local builder, who intended to demolish the mansion and build a new house close by on what still remains as the croquet lawn.
A story in the Bletchley District Gazette at the time said that the government claim had been refuted by 'its sources in Whitehall' and that whatever was 'going-on' at the Park was obviously ‘hush-hush’.
www.angelfire.com /oz/colinday/bletchley/bletchley1.html   (813 words)

 History Lives at Ditchley and Bletchley - The Churchill Centre
GC and CS was established at Bletchley Park by the summer of 1938.
Bletchley Park was known as Station "X" and the accommodation provided in the mansion and its existing outbuildings was rapidly expanded by the erection of an unlovely collection of wooden army huts, concrete and other "temporary" buildings required for the growing team of scientists and cryptographers being assembled at Bletchley.
Bletchley's role in breaking the German, Italian and Japanese signals codes is held by many historians to have been the paramount factor in the Allied victory of 1945.
www.winstonchurchill.org /i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=410   (2088 words)

 Emigma at Station X Bletchley Park
We were advised that Bletchley Park was built in the 19th century by a wealthy Jewish businessman as a country retreat.
Bletchley was chosen as it was on the main routes from London to the Midlands, the A5 and the LMS mainline.
Bletchley Park became a teacher training college, a GPO training college and finally an air traffic control training centre.
www.svvs.org /bletchley.shtml   (1057 words)

 CIPHER: Trial One - Bletchley Park Guides
Bletchley Park is a heritage centre based in South Central England.
The Bletchley Park Guides trial was aimed at supporting the community of tour guides to research the history of the Park and share their findings.
The primary role of the tour guides involves the provision of tours to visitors, conducting interviews with Bletchley Park wartime staff and their families, collecting newspaper articles related to the Park, and collecting and discussing new releases from the UK Public Records Office that shed further light on Bletchley Park’s wartime activities.
cipherweb.open.ac.uk /d13/bp-guides.html   (450 words)

 The Enigma of Bletchley Park
The critic George Steiner judged that "Bletchley Park is the single greatest achievement of Britain during 1939-45, perhaps during this century as a whole." It was an intellectual and technical triumph, as well as a military one.
Bletchley Park's Victorian mansion was located in a railway town between Oxford and Cambridge, where mathematicians, linguists, classicists, historians, and daughters of earls--graduates of these universities and other elements of "the old boy network"--grew in numbers to about 1500 by early 1942.
At Bletchley Park, for example, Mavis Lever cleverly intuited that a German message without any "l" in it could be a dummy message made up entirely of that letter, from which insight she could reconstruct a key to real messages.
www.thebookery.com /Bookpress/Feb96/strout.html   (1605 words)

 ipedia.com: Bletchley Park Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The radio station that was constructed in the park for its use was given the codename "Station X", a term sometimes erroneously applied to the code-breaking efforts at Bletchley as a whole.
It is also rumoured that one tunnel, which started in the Park grounds and emerged in the local pub, was for the use of Winston Churchill.
The Bletchley Park effort was comparable in influence to other WW II-era technological efforts, such as the crytographic work at Arlington Hall, the Naval Communications Annex (both in Washington, DC, and both in commandeered private girls' schools), the development of sophisticated microwave radar at MIT's Radiation Lab, and the Manhattan Project's development of nuclear weapons.
www.ipedia.com /bletchley_park.html   (1080 words)

 Bletchley Park
The odd-bodies and boffins called to Bletchley Park were a peculiar lot, even by the often droll standards of the time.
Life at Bletchley Park was not without opportunities to socialize and temporarily disengage from the crushing stress of duty.
Across from the still operating Bletchley Park rail station, a narrow lane overgrown in vines leads the contemporary visitor past rusty barb wire fencing to the unchanged red brick Victorian mansion.
www.historyarticles.com /bletchley_park.htm   (2580 words)

 Bletchley Park: What's New in '02 - The Churchill Centre
The various attractions at Bletchley Park are largely run by an enthusiastic band of volunteers, but to secure the long-term future and continued development of all the historic exhibitions the Bletchley Park Trust is aiming to achieve fully funded charitable status and to create a permanent living memorial to all those fine achievements.
Presiding over the re-opening ceremony was Sir Christopher Chataway, Chairman of the Bletchley Park Trust, best remembered by many present as having represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games in 1952 and 1956 and for holding the world 5,000 metres record in 1954.
On 28 September the Enigma film based on Bletchley Park's race to crack the code and save a vital convoy from destruction was released.
www.winstonchurchill.org /i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=264   (840 words)

 IEEE History Center - Code-Breaking at Bletchley Park during World War II, 1939-1945
The intelligence officers in Bletchley Park were overwhelmed with trying to make sense of the mass of new codenames, titles of German units, etc. with which they were suddenly presented.
Special Liaison Units were set up to feed the Bletchley Park intelligence to commanders in the field, first briefly in France in May 1940 and then in North Africa and elsewhere from March 1941onwards.
Yet Bletchley Park's greatest success was still to come, with the construction by Tommy Flowers of Colossus, the world's first programmable electronic computer to help to break the Germans' teleprinter cyphers.
www.ieee.org /organizations/history_center/milestones_photos/bletchleypark.html   (1671 words)

 Bletchley Park saved after eight-year battle
BLETCHLEY PARK, the home of Britain's wartime codebreakers, was officially saved for the nation yesterday when the Government and BT agreed a deal.
It is a site of international significance." Bletchley Park, codenamed Station X, is best known as the place where the Nazis' Enigma ciphers were broken, reducing the war by up to two years.
Christine Large, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust, said the house and 30 acres in Buckinghamshire would be saved, leaving BT free to sell the rest of the park to developers.
www.telegraph.co.uk /htmlContent.jhtml?html=/archive/1999/06/11/nblet11.html   (483 words)

 Bletchley Covers - Bletchley Park Post Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Bletchley Park Post Office is located in the Victorian Mansion once known as 'Station X'.
Bletchley Park Post Office produced its first limited edition First Day Cover to celebrate the opening of the Park to the public in 1994.
In 1999, the TV documentary, 'Station X', gave Bletchley Park the boost it needed to increase visitor numbers, and continue the battle against demolition.
www.bletchleycovers.com /history/bppo.htm   (263 words)

 Bletchley Park Day Schools
Following on from 2002's successful collaboration with the Bletchley Park Trust on the Enigma Conference, AST put on a series of day schools on subjects related to the cryptographic, computer and mathematical work done during the twentieth century by those who had a connection to Bletchley Park.
During the day we looked at the achievements of Bletchley Park during the Second World War and heard how the codes were broken from a cryptographer who was there.
This day programme provided the opportunity to hear about the machines at Bletchley Park which were used to break German Codes, and to see the machines and the exhibitions associated with them.
www.academic-study.com /bletchley_dayschools.htm   (337 words)

 Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Has the mystery of the Holy Grail been solved?
Unsurprising, then, when the codebreakers of Bletchley Park announced they were going to give details of a cryptic inscription said to point to the location of the vessel which Christ reputedly used at the Last Supper, the world's press turned out in force.
War veterans who helped crack the Nazis' enigma code during the second world war were back at Bletchley yesterday to explain the theories which might, just might, lead to the unearthing of the holiest of relics.
Bletchley Park and Shugborough have been bombarded since May by amateur, and possibly some professional, codebreakers keen to solve the mystery.
www.guardian.co.uk /uk_news/story/0,3604,1360111,00.html   (1063 words)

 Bletchley Park Code Breaking   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The importance of the work carried out at Bletchley Park, which at the time was known to a very few only as "Ultra", can be gauged by the estimate that it shortened the duration of the War by up two years.
On his return, the Enigma Research Team at Bletchley were able to break the Enigma Code and Turing went on to design with others the British code breaking electro-mechanical machines, which were called "bombes" as well.
Information about Bletchley Park is so scarce that Tony Sale has even been to America, where he unearthed declassified documents on Colossus and the Turing Bombe.
www.aquq77.dsl.pipex.com /swehs/docs/news16su.html   (1542 words)

 BBC - WW2 People's War - Bletchley Park, Churchill's 'Secret Weapon' - A1083520
Officially, Bletchley Park was the headquarters of the Government Code and Cipher School, and its purpose was to advise the Government about the security of codes and ciphers, and to assist in the provision of those codes.
In 1939, there were about 150 people working at Bletchley, but that number quickly grew to about 3,500 by late 1942, and by the end of the war more than 10,000 people worked there.
Much of the activity at Bletchley Park was focused on breaking the codes of the Enigma machine, an extremely important communication tool for the German army and navy that was also used by the Luftwaffe and the SS.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/ww2/A1083520   (527 words)

 The Wedding of Paula & Simon
For those who are driving, Bletchley Park have kindly allowed us to park cars in their car park overnight (Saturday) as long as they are collect early Sunday (preferably by 10am).
Bletchley Park is 300 yards walk from Bletchley Railway Station in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (footpath directly opposite the station).
The Park is at the very end of this road.
www.star.le.ac.uk /~sav2/wedding/directions.html   (1386 words)

 Bletchley Park | Away.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Bletchley Park, with its hulking red brick Victorian mansion, can trace its roots to a landed manor that William the Conqueror awarded to a notable commander after the Battle of Hastings.
Bletchley Park stood midway between Oxford and Cambridge, fertile sources for young code-breakers.
While these defenses would have made Bletchley Park a prickly target to attack, they were mainly stationed in the area so the large intelligence staff would blend in and not attract unwanted attention.
away.com /primedia/military/bletchley_park_1.html   (968 words)

 Colossus at Bletchley Park
The number of people working at Bletchley Park grew throughout the war to a point where there were literally thousands of people working around the clock decoding and analysing messages.
Such was the culture of secrecy at Bletchley Park that no word of what happened began to emerge until the mid 1970's.
Had the sequence of obscuring characters been truly random it would have been impossible to break the code, luckily for the code breakers, the sequence was generated by rotating mechanical wheels and was a repeating pseudo random sequence — if this sequence could be unravelled the code could be broken.
www.picotech.com /applications/colossus.html   (1953 words)

 Bletchley Park's USA Day celebrates American culture (MILTON KEYNES, England)
The park was a vital part of the Allied victory during World War II.
According to the park’s Web site, it was here that codebreakers, who were given no chance to break the code, used the world’s first computer to accomplish the impossible and shorten the war, historians believe, by two years.
Up to 10,000 people worked at the park during the war, but it was emptied by 1946.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/news/1196209/posts   (807 words)

 Royal Holloway, University of London
Professor Edna Purdie, the head of the German Department in 1941, was approached to recommend capable and enthusiastic students to work on a 'project of national importance' at Bletchley Park.
On 13th November Royal Holloway was host to the Bletchley Park Trust as Peter Wescombe presented a fascinating talk entitled: Bletchley Park - the Wider Aspect.
Given the secretive and covert nature of operations at Bletchley it is admirable that the Bletchley Park Trust has uncovered so much of its clandestine past, and this is largely testimony to the forces of oral history.
www.rhul.ac.uk /For-Staff/on-campus/Dec/bletchley.html   (307 words)

 Amazon.com: Codebreakers : The Inside Story of Bletchley Park : Books: F. H. Hinsley,Alan Stripp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Familiar to anyone versed in the history of World War II or interested in the study of modern intelligence work, Bletchley Park was arguably the most successful intelligence operation in world history, the top secret workplace of the remarkable people who cracked Germany's vaunted Enigma Code.
I ARRIVED on the doorstep of Bletchley Park (alias BP or War Station or Station X) on the afternoon of 1 April 1942.
I wish that two friends of mine who worked at Bletchley Park had been able to write memoirs of their work and their interactions with colleagues.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0192801325?v=glance   (2260 words)

 Commemorative Stamp For The Queen Mother - English Culture
For you philatelists who were fans of The Queen Mother, Bletchley Park Post Office has ussed a first day cover for four Royal Mail ‘Queen Mother’ stamps that are being released on 25th April 2002.
This is the first piece of cover artwork for Bletchley Park Post Office by Chris Gale, and he has created a link with Bletchley Park through the Second World War references.
Bletchley Park’s code breakers played a significant but highly secretive role in reducing the damage from enemy air attacks by decoding Luftwaffe signals.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art2441.asp   (236 words)

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