By Clive Harris
Via a chain of 5 walks this publication discovers the attractions, sounds and adventure of the capital at conflict; it information the rest tangible facts of the darkish days through air raid shield symptoms, bomb harm on constructions and memorials detailing heroic and sometimes tragic occasions. the hot routes conceal a large zone of London and demonstrate additional facts of the studies of 4 years air conflict within the skies above our capital city.
The East finish and Docks, Greenwich, Holborn, Bermondsey, Southwark and the West finish are all featured, in addition to unique maps and diverse modern pictures that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The publication additionally incorporates a variety of appendices when it comes to the broader photograph of the struggle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic safeguard is advised. a listing of Civil safety casualties that happened in the boroughs lined by way of the walks is integrated in addition to a close checklist of the destinations of wartime hearth and ambulance stations around the capital.
This publication will attract either the fanatic and a person with an curiosity in London's earlier. it's a extra checklist of the stories and tangible proof of this dramatic interval of our capital's prior and a tribute to those that lived in the course of the Blitz and unfortunately so usually, those that didn't.
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My parents were not great churchgoers, but they sent me to the Sunday school attached to St German’s. A land mine completely destroyed our church, St German’s in St German’s Place, very close to our house. That was in June 1944. Ironic, nicht wahr, that it should have been the Germans who bombed the church dedicated to St Germanus? I may have been only 4¾ but the bombing of St German’s church made an impression on my mind. But what a shock when next morning we came downstairs to breakfast after the bombing to behold our solid wooden front door blasted off its hinges.
On 19/20 March 1941 a Tug and Thames Lighter vessel was hit and sunk just offshore here with the loss of three lives. You now enter the area around the Cutty Sark (currently undergoing major restoration following a devastating fire in 2007). This was the site of the Ship Hotel. This famous old building was first damaged on 8 September 1940 when a fire was started by incendiary bombs. Later on 1 November 1940 it was struck by a high explosive bomb. Two people were rescued from the rubble of the damaged building.
On 8 December 1940 a landmine exploded nearby severely damaging the church, which remained closed for 10 years after the war. The impressive Langham Hotel opposite and the BBC Building itself. Adjacent to the church was the site of the Queens Hall, this venue opened in 1893 with a smoking concert attended by Edward Prince of Wales. It was famed for its lavish ornamentation and could accommodate 3,500 people over two floors. It was completly gutted over a series of raids throughout November 1940, and a far more modern building stands on the site today.
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