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Bletchley Park House - Mansion - Churchill's stone

This is the mansion at Bletchley Park. Also known as Bletchley Park Mansion.

 

It is Grade II listed.

 

Large house, now offices. 1860 altered and extended 1883-6 and c1906

for HS Leon. Red brick in Flemish bond with ashlar dressings; principal

gables half-timbered with pebble-dashed infill, some others tile-hung;

Welsh slate roof with red tile ridge; brick stacks, with clustered

flues, ribs and bands. Transomed wooden windows, principal windows with

leaded upper lights. Decorative wooden barge boards and finials to

gables. Large rambling house, of 2 storeys with partial attic.

Entrance elevation: 6 bays. Lavish ashlar detailing including

architraves. Entrance in bay 2 has internal, vaulted, porch protecting

panelled half-glazed double-door with side lights, traceried upper part

and fanlight the latter leaded and with coloured glass. Flanking porch

are hexagonal brick columns surmounted by panelled stone tops which

flank base of 4-light oriel window with decorative base. Projecting

from porch, and attached to it are 2 seated griffins on bracketed

plinths. Shaped pediment with elaborate finial. Gabled bay 1 has

projecting 2-storey canted bay with pretted eaves band and cornice below

swept, domed, metal roof. On its left is single-storey wooden

conservatory with traceried bays, formerly an open-sided loggia.

Paired, gabled, bays 2 and 3 have ashlar framed triple window to ground

floor with gableted butresses,and two canted bay windows over. Across

bay 4 is 3 bay embattled ashlar loggia fronting elaborate - panelled

double-door with canted bay window to right; inserted 1st floor window.

Bay 6 has polygonal 2-storey bay window with shaped pediments screening

finialed polygonal roof. Right return: 3 left-hand bays in same style

as front, the rest plainer; but attached to right end is dovecote-like

structure: octagonal, of 2 stages, having plinth; inserted ground-floor

windows; ashlar upper stage with 2-light windows below string; and plain

tile roof with gablets and finial. Rear: plainer having tradesmen's

entrance; complex roofline, one roof having louvre with finialed lead

cupola; and embattled tower with blue-brick decorative work and date

(former steep hipped roof removed). Left return: in style of front,

with ashlar canted and curved bay windows; paired, gabled, bays 2 and 3

decorative half-timbered 1st floor; shaped pediment to bay 4; and former

loggia (much altered) across right-hand bays. Interior: high quality,

elaborate, interiors survive, with panelling, panelled doors, decorative

fireplaces, and decorative plaster ceilings. Entrance vestibule: stone

columns and vaults. Entrance Hall: arcaded polished-stone screen wall

and panelled area beyond with elaborate 2-stage, columned, ashlar

fireplace surround and traceried panelling and painted glass to roof.

Room at right end: Jacobethan fireplace; coffered ceiling with floral-

decorated plaster panels. Stairhall: panelled; ground-floor arcade and

deep floral frieze; decorative coved, coffered, ceiling over stair;

fretted balustrade with carved surround and carved octagonal newels to

stair panelled stair well. Library : elaborate wooden jacobethan

inglenook with overmirror; fitted book cases and shelves; fluted frieze;

compartmental ceiling with decorative plaster panels. Ballroom :

linenfold panelling; wall recess flanked by clustered wooden columns

from which spring traceried arches; elaborate plaster work to frieze and

to coved, ribbed, ceiling which has pendant finials. Billiard room:

brattished panelling and cornice; columns support ceiling ribs; wooden

trusses. Additional fireplaces, panelling, and decorative doors,

plasterwork and cornices to 1st floor.

 

Bletchley Park House was the headquarters building of World War II

operational centre, in the grounds of which was the hut in which the

vital cracking of the Nazis' Enigma Code occurred. Churchill was one of

the important visitors to the house.

 

Bletchley Park House - Heritage Gateway

 

This stone represents the one that Winston Churchill stood on to address staff at Bletchley Park in 1941.

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Taken on October 22, 2010