The Victorian mansion of Bletchley Park is just over 2h30 from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal in Folkestone.
And if I mention it, it’s because I just visited it and I was really stunned by the role that this ancestral domain played in one of the most striking episodes of history of the 20th century.
Bletchley Park is a nineteenth-century manor house located in Buckinghamshire, near Milton Keynes, built in the years following 1883 for the English financier and politician Sir Herbert Samuel Leon in the Victorian, Tudor and Dutch Gothic styles, on the site of old buildings. of the same name. During the Second World War, the site was renamed as the central site of the British (then Allied) codebreakers during the Second World War, although, at the time of their exploitation, it was a closely guarded secret. During the Second World War, the estate housed the British government code and the Cypher School (GC & CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – the most important being the German Enigma and Lorenz figures; Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander and Stuart Milner-Barry are among the first and most outstanding GC & CS staff members.
I’ve been dreaming of visiting Bletchley Park for years. It was here that Alan Turing and his team made the very first computer to crack the Enigma code during the second World War. This feat allowed them to decipher the secret German messages. Historians believe that this major advance made it possible to shorten the war by two years and save millions of lives.
However, this military base remained top secret until the ’80s. In 2014, the general public discovered this incredible epic with the release of the film The imitation game. Located 80 km north of London, this is a fantastic visit that I recommend if you are visiting the English countryside.
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