Monday, 7 March 2016

Mosaic Monday

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

Judith is back from her holiday and is linking us up with another Mosaic Monday full of posts from around the world, just follow the link to have a look.


The local market town of Wokingham has all sorts of interesting buildings as I've mentioned before. The top photo shows the Old Police Station which has now been turned into apartments. I have been trying to find out a bit more about it but apart from it showing up as a Grade II listed building, there doesn't seem to be anything more about its design.

During WWI, however, the Police Station was the site of secret documents hidden in a suitcase in the cellar relating to a plan with the codename Operation Gramophone. The suitcase was discovered in the 1980s, it had belonged to Superintendent Charles Goddard of the Wokingham Police and contained details of the proposed enrolment of special constables  to protect the area in the event of an invasion. Inside the case were a series of handwritten colour-coded envelopes individually addressed to each special constable with the word 'Gramophone' inside, together with a list of duties to be performed. These envelopes would have been delivered to the individuals concerned by the Boys Brigade. Luckily the papers have been given to the Berkshire Records Office for safekeeping.  There's more information here.

One hundred years ago yesterday, a Zeppelin raid was anticipated over Reading, not that far from Wokingham. The alarm was given at 1 am and everyone was ready just in case but by 3:15 am the danger had passed and calm prevailed.  Here's a couple of newspaper reports from the time.

It's interesting to hear of the stories behind the ordinary buildings in the street that we pass every day and take for granted.

Have a good week.

16 comments:

  1. Hello, I am glad the Police Station is still in use as apartments. It has some interesting history. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  2. How interesting. I do enjoy the history and I,too, am glad they used the police station for apartments. Well done! Have a grand day!

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    1. I'm always surprised to unearth stories like this about ordinary buildings x

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  3. Interesting post. I love history and think it is wonderful when buildings are refurbished rather than torn down.

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    1. It's such an interesting looking building too. :-)

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  4. An interesting history of the old police station building and at least it has been repurposed for much needed living space.

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    1. It would be so interesting to have a look inside wouldn't it. :-)

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  5. Lovely photo mosaic. The story about the suitcase is fascinating:)

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  6. I hope that we don't get any more zeppelins coming over any time soon! Interesting history about the police station! xx

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    1. Fingers crossed! Such different times. x

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  7. I love to find out the history behind our towns and villages so it was good to hear about some of Wokingham's history. xx

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  8. It's a beautiful building with a great history. I have just finished a very interesting book about the Nazi invasions, called 'Prague Winter' by our former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright who's father was a diplomat who fled Czechoslovakia with his family and worked as a broadcaster for the BBC during that time. The descriptions of the bombings and the bravery of the British people was very astounding. Glad this beautiful old building survived the blitz. xx Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen. Although they were very difficult times there are great stories of individual bravery as well. x

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