C Block, one of the biggest wartime buildings at code-breaking centre Bletchley Park, is undergoing a huge renovation as part of an £8 million restoration project. Yesterday evening I was invited to join my fellow BP guides for a tour of the site. This will be the gateway to all of the facilities at Bletchley Park when it opens at Easter, and will include a new cafe, gift shop and displays. And it’s huge.
C Block was hastily built during the war to house the growing number of staff at Bletchley Park, and was designed to withstand bomb damage. This meant that much of C Block was in really solid condition despite the speed with which this temporary structure was thrown up. The pillars inside were still strong, some walls were very difficult to knock down and the damp was minimal, despite its last occupants having moved out in 1987.
I think this first aid cross is original.