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Cricket Pavilion, Bletchley

Attractive pavilion repeatedly targeted by vandals and thieves

The Bletchley Cricket Pavilion was built in the 1890s as part of the expansion of the Bletchley Park Estate commissioned by the wealthy financier, Herbert Leon. It was sold by the estate before the Second World War and was later used by Bletchley Grammar School, which in turn sold off the pavilion but kept the cricket pitch.

Now this attractive bungalow-style pavilion has no proper context; it is cut off from its former cricket green by a large hedge and hemmed in by trees to the rear. The trees and hedges also help to conceal vandals and thieves who have stolen bricks and timber, leaving the building extremely fragile.

'It is in an extremely dilapidated state and the owners need to undertake urgent repairs before it is too late', said Dr Ian Dungavell, Director of the Victorian Society.

The building is in the process of being sold; the Society believes it desperately needs a new owner who is prepared to incorporate the pavilion into any new development.

 

Sunday 9 October, 2011

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