Bletchley Cattle Market, Bletchley

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  • I come from Bletchley in fact in 2021 it’ll be 60 Years and yes I remember the cattle market and on a good hot summers day you could smell it as well my gran use to buy the duck eggs for sunday breakfast from a little area where the chickens were kept in hatches and, if we were patient, an old lady would come up to cage and point at a chicken the farmer would open it up take the live chicken out and then wring its neck, that’s what you call fresh meat.

    By Jim Gibbison (17/12/2020)
  • I lived in Blechley from my birth in 1952 until leaving for uni in 1970. Water Eaton Rd. Frequented the cattle market often. It was only about a kilometer from my house. I think the cattle market was on Thursdays. The ordinary market was on Saturday. Early closing as it was called was on Wednesday.! The market was always thriving with people. I am still employed in agriculture, but now and for very many years in Denmark.

    By Neil Garner (28/09/2020)
  • I’m also vaguely remember the bustling indoor market for traders. It was little more than a corrugated tin structure which you could enter by a passage way from the main road – now Queensway.

    However, I have a memory I’ll never forget and at least one other person must remember too. It was spring & the cattle had just been let out onto grass. This always leads to them producing loose green manure. When a beast raises its tail it is wise to stand well clear. A young mother with a pram had no idea what was going to happen but the consequence was that the pram, and child inside, was covered. I was only about eight so have no idea what she did but she must still remember it.

    By robert excell (07/06/2020)
  • I used to go to the Livestock Market and because we used to live on a farm before my Dad became the caretaker at Bletchley Road Secondary Modern School I used to help heard the pigs and sheep in to their pens with an old stick I had .Really enjoyed that.

    By Paul Berry (25/05/2020)
  • I lived in Bletchley until I left school at 15 and joined the Royal Navy, we lived in Reginald Cottages at first, dad was a driver on the railways, then moved to 21 Oakwood Drive. I loved going to the cattle market and watching the auctions, there was a market on Saturdays and a great stall selling army gear, I remember buying a tank Ariel and taking it to woodwork class in school and turning it into a pike rod. I bought the cork from Don Sewell and stuck it to the handle, then shaped it on the lathe, happy days!

    By Peter Jones (07/04/2020)
  • I remember cattle market use to have a fair there to every year was great. I was Evacuated to bletchley in 1942. Remember so much . First market with couple of stalls an 45 shops down bletchley road

    By Marie love (29/01/2020)
  • Seeing this old photo takes me back, I too remember watching the farm animals having there ears punched,I can remember rushing to the cattle market after school to ask the farmers if I could help get the animals back into there lorries,Those days certainly created fond memories

    By neil tomlinson (20/12/2018)
  • about six years old, and perched atop the livestock weighing machine, on market saturdays- puffing away on an embassy, put me off smoking for life.the attendant farmers too engrossed in the auction to see the smoke wafting skywards, caz leading us waifs out through market field to swing on the gates after all had left- summer 65-

    By steve (02/09/2017)
  • I remember the cattle market…we moved up from London in 1969 it was the first time we had seen a real live cattle, my sisters and me were terrified Lolo we had only seen them on the telly in western. I was 10yrs

    By Carmen Hardy (04/08/2017)
  • I lived in Bletchley until I was 16, I remember the cattle market and the big annexe as far as I can recall did house a copper car as well as other things. I also remember chicken and small animals being sold from there too.

    By neil tomlinson (06/12/2016)
  • I have lived in Bletchley all my life, 60yrs, and remember visiting the cattle market as a child. It sat where Sainsburys sits now. There was also a large market selling all sorts of things, Cash and Carry had their fabric hanging out of the Windows for people to see. Bletchley was a busy market town.

    By Barbara webster (16/10/2016)
  • I lived in Bletchley from 1955 til 1962.
    On market days we would sometimes skip dinner at Wilton and ride our bikes to the chip shop,then we loved to watch the cows getting their ears punched and listen to the auctions.School dinner was a shilling back then,chips were sixpence…so we spent the other sixpence on something from the market stalls….not exactly big spenders but it was always a fun excursion and so hard to force ourselves to ride back to school,we were often late.

    By David Walmsley (11/06/2016)
  • I lived in Bletchley from 1955 til 1962 age 11 to almost 18.We often played in the closed cattle market vaulting over the bars around the enclosures.We liked to race each other vaulting along the rows of sheep pens …as shown in the photo.There was an empty building with an old upright piano in the corner.One of my pals..Harry..could play a few tunes .Beautiful Dreamer and The Colonel Bogey march were 2 of them.
    On market days we would ride our bikes down

    By David Walmsley (11/06/2016)
  • I remember the cattle being herded down the high street into the cattle market

    By Debra kirby (07/07/2015)
  • I remember a large barn like structure at the livestock market, occasionally on non livestock days there used to be a general auction. On livestock auction days I also recall the bar in the Park Hotel being open all day. Licensing laws allowed that on market days.

    By Eddie Fisk (06/04/2014)
  • Does anybody remember a barn style building next to the cattle market, it may even be the one in the image. I can remember as a boy about 42 years ago seeing a lot of old cars stored inside, they were vintage style. Why were they there, and who did they belong to?

    By Clive (10/12/2012)

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