West Bletchley

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Coordinates: 51°59′33″N 0°45′05″W / 51.9926°N 0.7515°W / 51.9926; -0.7515

West Bletchley
West Bletchley is located in Buckinghamshire
West Bletchley
West Bletchley
 West Bletchley shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 22,213 [1]
OS grid reference SP868338
Civil parish West Bletchley
Unitary authority Milton Keynes
Ceremonial county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILTON KEYNES
Postcode district MK3
Dialling code 01908
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Milton Keynes South
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West Bletchley is a district and civil parish[2] that covers the western part of Bletchley; a constituent town of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England. The parish includes part of Bletchley which is south of Standing Way (A421), west of the West Coast Main Line, and north of Water Eaton Brook. (The remainder of Bletchley is combined with Fenny Stratford to form the parish of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford).

Geography[edit]

West Bletchley contains three major districts with parish council wards within them. These wards/estates include:

Old Bletchley

Far Bletchley

  • Castles
  • Fairways
  • Racecourses
  • Rivers
  • Saints

West Bletchley District

  • Abbys
  • Scotts
  • Counties

Most districts of West Bletchley Parish are residential, but the district of Bletchley Park is important enough to be summarised here.

Borough Council wards[edit]

West Bletchley is split between two electoral wards for representation to Milton Keynes Council. Far Bletchley and the golf course area is in the Whaddon Ward (which, despite its name and proximity, does not include Whaddon, Buckinghamshire in Aylesbury Vale); the remainder of the parish is in the Bletchley and Fenny Stratford ward.[3]

Bletchley Park[edit]

The main house at Bletchley Park
Main article: Bletchley Park

Within the West Bletchley parish, in the Church Green district, is Bletchley Park. During the Second World War, this district was home to the Government Code and Cypher School. The German Enigma code was cracked here by, amongst others, Alan Turing. Another cipher machine was solved with the aid of early computing devices, known as a Colossus. Bletchley Park is now a museum, although many areas of the park grounds have been sold off for housing development.

Education[edit]

Children in the area attend a number of primary schools which include: Milton Keynes Preparatory School, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Holne Chase Primary School, White Spire School, Rickley Park Primary School and Chestnuts Primary School.

Lord Grey School is also in West Bletchley, however that is a Secondary School.

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Edward Legg, Early History of Bletchley Park 1235–1937; Bletchley Park Trust Historic Guides series, No. 1, 1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 4 February 2013
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ Milton Keynes ward boundaries – Milton Keynes Council (Caution - large PDF that is slow to load)

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