Ten miles north of Bletchley Park, another Home Counties estate played a vital role in the secret war. In part one of his feature, James Hoare reveals how Britain’s forgotten spy-catchers at Hanslope Park eavesdropped on Nazi Germany’s notorious intelligence agencies.
Hanslope Park is a place of secrets. Shielded from prying eyes by dense trees and hedges, the site is currently home to Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre (HMGCC). The centre is responsible for the development of cutting-edge technology for the British intelligence services, the scope of which can only be guessed at. It’s the stuff of James Bond… but this counter-espionage role began more than 75 years ago.