Bletchley, Tree Square c.1955

Bletchley, Tree Square c.1955

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Inn-keeping has long been a city area tradition. On one of Stony Stratford's first bridges over the River Great Ouse, Grilkes Inn had been operating since 1317, possibly the oldest alehouse in Buckinghamshire; and the Cross Keys (1475) and the Cock and the Bull (both 1480) became well known to seasoned travellers through the town, not least because of the fanciful 'cock and bull' stories told there. These stories might have been about the 'fine lady upon a white horse' who rode her 'Cock horse to Banbury Cross' (possibly Celia Fiennes); or about the infamous Dick Turpin, who apparently visited just about every staging post with his mare Black Bess being seen tied up outside. In 1737 this 'Essex butcher turned thief, smuggler and highwayman' (Markham) allegedly visited the Old Swan at Woughton, and reversed Black Bess's shoes so that his pursuers would set off after him in the wrong direction. Notwithstanding, he was hanged in York in 1739 at the age of 34.

Memories of Bletchley, Tree Square c1955

Happy Days From Lesley Rothwell (Steel)

I lived in Bletchley from 1959 to 1964 I lived in Caenarvon crescent and remember the cattle market , the old RAF camp St Mary's church where my two younger brothers were christened, the Shoulder of Mutton pub was there then and I often walked past. I went to Chestnuts combined school then Wilton secondary school. I don't remember Chestnuts being called that when I was there. I loved going on the cattle market even though the smell was terrible.

A memory of Bletchley by leswell

Shoulder Of Mutton

How interesting to read other people's memories, although I do not recognise any of the names. I lived in the old Shoulder of Mutton from about 1952 until 1964 while my parents were the tenants, they took over from my paternal grandparents. After this we moved across the road to Chandlers Stores which my parents owned until 1976 when my mother died. I have recently become interested in finding out more after reading about my grandmother's involvement in billeting important personal from Bletchley Park during the Second World War.

Shoulder Of Mutton

The public house now known as the Three Trees, was originally the old farmhouse and behind it was the barns of the farm which we used to play in. This was the short cut from my house to Chandlers the sweet shop. We got into the house which still had the dairy and two flights of stairs, the old bath tubs were on legs like the ones that are back in fashion today. Hartwells the butchers which moved to Whaddon Way had a shop at the back of the farmhouse and my brother used to work there on a Saturday morning making sausages. The first cottage next to the Swan public house used to house our Dr, who was Dr Connor, brother to Kenneth Connor of Carry On fame.

A memory of Bletchley by Susan Bailey

Vague Memories

I remember when the pub was on the other side of the road to where the Shoulder of Mutton pub was built. I'm sure the pub changed it's name to Three Trees after a tragic incident. Where The Cutting Corner barbers is now, was a sweet shop, and before that I can remember buying milk there. Was it an outlet for a dairy? Where there is now a Tesco Express, there was once a garage with a forecourt called Glenn Garage. One of my earliest memories was when Buckingham Road went straight under the railway bridges and became Bletchley Road - what is now Queensway, named after the Queens visit. The first business on the left, opposite the market, was an old railway carriage, where a man bought, sold and mended ...Read full memory

A memory of Bletchley

Was It Or Wasn't It

There seems to be a lot of controversy about the Shoulder of Mutton, have I got this right? Way way back, the Shoulder of Mutton was built, eventually it was demolished and the old brick house on the other side of the road was converted into a pub. When it first opened, was it called The Three Trees from day one, or was it The Shoulder Of Mutton for a while before they re named It?

A memory of Bletchley by Sandra Waite

Shoulder Of Mutton Public House

When I first had a memory of this corner of Newton Road and Buckingham Road, the brick-built extension was no longer standing, only the cottage part of the public house. I used to love standing in front of it because it had a verandah and wooden railings like you would find in westerns. My mum often had to drag me away, the pub by then was no longer in use, the back wall still remains to this day. There were two reasons for being there, first was across in Shenley Road was our doctors surgery in a row of brick-built cottages, the old front room being the waiting room with old wooden chairs, which later became the Shenley House Hotel, which has since been demolished and replaced with apartments. The ...Read full memory

A memory of Bletchley by Alan Webb
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