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Beaumanor Park and Hall
Woodhouse
Leicestershire
LE12 8TX
 
Telephone: 01509 890 119
Fax:01509 890912
E-mail: Beaumanor.hall@leics.gov.uk

Beaumanor Park Outdoor Learning Centre

Beaumanor Hall - ‘Y’ Station

Beaumanor Hall                    Photo of the Hallifcrafter 'Skyrider'
Beaumanor Hall, in the English Midlands, was originally the home of a famous local family, the Herricks. It was requisitioned by the War Office in 1940 and became a secret listening station. German and Italian encrypted messages were intercepted and passed to Bletchley Park for decoding.

In 1974, the Hall was purchased by Leicestershire County Council and is now an educational centre for children and teachers. Amongst other activities, K.S.2 children from far and wide come to learn about W.W.2 and the Home Front, the people who worked at Beaumanor and their vital, though quiet, role in the conflict. Groups come for up to 3 days to live the life of an evacuee, learning to ‘make do and mend’, survive an air raid underneath the Hall, go to wartime school, eat wartime food and sleep in dormitories.

So far we have acquired, through donation and purchase, several working receivers of the types which were at Beaumanor during WW2. We are especially proud of our Hallicrafter ‘Skyrider’, R.C.A. ‘AR88’ and National H.R.O. radios which are switched on most days, for the benefit of visiting school groups.

We are always very happy to talk to anyone who has knowledge or memories of Beaumanor during the war and especially of its links with Bletchley Park * Please contact us using the details below.
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Contact Details

Contact Adam Haynes
Telephone: (01509) 890119
E-mail: Beaumanor.hall@leics.gov.uk
 

Page Last Updated: 3 October 2013