We just paid a visit to the famous Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire. It is the home of the legendary Enigma decoding machines that greatly assisted us in our victorious end to WWII. This has been a place I have been meaning to visit for some time.
Unbeknown to me it was also home to the best-selling author Ian Fleming for a while. His imagination and creativity clearly sparked by the top-secret, innovative technology that worked furiously to decode enemy communications within those rustic buildings, and from which were born his hugely successful James Bond novels.
Bletchley Park remains a WWII museum and would be of great interest to those history buffs who are technologically minded (Sorry, but it was somewhat lost me.) The majority of the buildings on the site have been boarded up and left to decay. The museums themselves are in good order and the mansion is still beautiful and worth a visit.
Churchill called Bletchley Park staff ‘The goose that laid the golden eggs but never cackled’- their codebreaking in complete secrecy is credited with shortening the Second World War by at least two years.