Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, England, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography
BLETCHLEY PARK, MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND: About 80 kilometres northwest of London is Bletchley Park. It is famous as the home to Great Britain’s Station X, where the Enigma and other Axis codes were broken. Bletchley was top-secret during the war and only in recent decades has the full impact of its work become broadly appreciated. Architecturally, the centrepiece of Bletchley Park is this mansion. It served as the HQ for Bletchley Park throughout the war. As you can see, it’s a veritable hodgepodge of architectural styles. It was built by Herbert Samuel Leon, whose love of various styles collided to form what we see today. Writer Kathryn Morrison’s paper, aptly named “A Maudlin and Montrous Pile: The Mansion at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire” is a detailed look at the structure. Had it not been for the British government’s acquisition of the property in 1938, it would have been levelled for a housing development. Bletchley Park is now a must-see museum for anyone interested in WWII history. Please also see Decay and Renewal at Bletchley Park. Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 lens at 30mm, f18, 1/400 sec, 1600 ISO. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photograhpy
Please also see Decay and Renewal at Bletchley Park on my Pantheon story blog.