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.