During the Second World War, Ivy Farm House in Kent was an outpost to Station X, the Bletchley Park decoding centre made famous by the film Enigma. The house has just been launched on the market.
Nissen huts were erected within the grounds of the farm, in which a handful of female workers worked day and night. Their duties included typing jumbled letters on to coded tapes and deciphering radio signals from the wireless operators who sat listening to German radios from within the farmhouse.
The four-bedroom farm house is in Knockholt, a popular village which stands on one of Britain’s oldest routes, the ‘Trackway’, later to become the London to Rye Post Road. The village flourished with the arrival of the railway, the station was built in 1876, giving local resident E.S. Nesbitt basis for writing the much loved book ‘The Railway Children’. Commuting time to London Bridge is today 25 minutes.
For sale through Jackson-Stops & Staff (01732 740600) for £1,175,000.