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Actually Inside Station X

If you’ve ever heard Bletchley Park referred to as Station X, as many have, you may be interested to learn that it actually never had that name. Station X was in fact an MI6 communications facility based in a small room in the water tower of the mansion. The ‘X’ simply refers to the fact it was the tenth station in a series. Station X permitted communication across the world with MI6 spies, masquerading as passport officials in British embassies. However, upon learning of Germany’s techniques for detecting the source of radio signals, Station X was moved away from Bletchley Park before war broke out.

The room still exists, as does much of the original equipment. Last week I was very privileged to get a look inside. The photos show one of the original radios which we still have, the room itself (which staffed six) and me prancing about, although I was excited to handle a real ‘red sheet’, on which interceptors at Y-stations would write down Enigma cyphertext as they listened to German morse code.

As a tour guide I would love nothing more that to take visitors to see it but sadly ‘health and safety’ and a logistical nightmare prevent it. It remains one of Bletchley’s little secrets.

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  1. Neil Whyke Neil Whyke

    There was an area of the communications centre under Whitehall during WW2 labelled Section X, which was an outpost of Bletchley. One of last survivors from there, Edgar Stanton, died recently, but his story can be read in Ey Up Adolf, published by Spiderwize.

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