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Quorn in WW2 – The girls who listened

Beaumanor Hall at Old Woodhouse was one of the largest Y stations, or listening stations during WW2. The coded information they collected was sent to Bletchley Park, where the ‘boffins’ used it to crack German codes, which ultimately shortened the war.

Many of the ‘listeners’ were billeted in Quorn, and during January 2015, Sue Templeman from Quorn Village On-line Museum was privileged to talk to Joan Thornton (nee Bradshaw) about her time at Beaumanor. Joan worked as a listener in J Hut in the grounds of Beaumanor for three years, and lived for most of that time in Quorn. It was a lively discussion, with many smiles as Joan recalled the fun and camaraderie of those times! The resultant article is very much ‘Joan’s voice’ and it was a great pleasure to work with her to record her memories.

This article appeared in the Quorndon Magazine in Summer 2015.

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 Submitted on: 2016-05-12
 Submitted by: Joan Thornton and Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1933
 
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