Bletchley, Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park was the site of the British code-breaking establishment, the Government Code & Cypher School, in the Second World War. This has been widely publicised in recent years. Notable mathematicians who worked here include Robin Gandy, Jack Good, M. Hall Jr, Philip Hall, Peter Hilton, G. C. McVitie, Donald Michie, Max Newman (Director in 1942-1945), David Rees, Alan Turing, W.T. Tutte and Shaun Wylie. The chess masters Hugh Alexander and Harry Golombek were also here. Recent proposals to sell off the site and demolish the buildings have led to the formation of the Bletchley Park Trust which is preserving the buildings as a museum and computer park.

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Alan Turing lived at the Crown Inn, Shenley Brook End in 1939-1944. Somewhere near here he buried two silver bars, carefully recording the site with respect to local landmarks. When he returned to recover them, the area had been rebuilt and all his landmarks were gone. Despite several attempts with metal detectors, he never recovered them and no one else is known to have found them. The Crown is now a private house and the area where he buried the bars is a housing estate.


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