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10 Facts About Bletchley
Bletchley is best known for Bletchley Park, the headquarters of Britain's World War II codebreaking organisation, and now a major tourist attraction.
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Bletchley was originally a minor village on the outskirts of Fenny Stratford, of lesser importance than Water Eaton.
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In 1933, the newly founded Bletchley Gazette began a campaign for a "Bigger, Better, Brighter, Bletchley".
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Bletchley had fought to be the centre of the proposed new city, but it was not to be.
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Bletchley thrived in the early years of the growth of Milton Keynes, since it was the main shopping area.
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Bletchley centre was altered considerably when the Brunel Shopping Centre was built in the early 1970s, creating a new end to Queensway.
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Bletchley's boom came to an end when the new Central Milton Keynes Shopping Centre was built and commercial Bletchley has declined as a retail destination since then.
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West Bletchley CP covers that part of Milton Keynes that is south of Standing Way, west of the West Coast Main Line and north of the Varsity Line.
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Bletchley has a rugby union club, Bletchley RUFC, both of which play at Manor Fields just south of Fenny Stratford.
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