By Clive Harris
Via a sequence of 5 walks this booklet discovers the points of interest, sounds and adventure of the capital at battle; it info the rest tangible proof of the darkish days through air raid take care of symptoms, bomb harm on structures and memorials detailing heroic and sometimes tragic occasions. the recent routes conceal a large region of London and demonstrate extra facts of the reports of 4 years air battle 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 various modern photos that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The publication additionally features a variety of appendices on the subject of the broader photograph of the struggle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic protect is informed. an inventory of Civil security casualties that happened in the boroughs lined through the walks is incorporated in addition to an in depth record of the destinations of wartime fireplace and ambulance stations around the capital.
This e-book will entice either the fanatic and an individual with an curiosity in London's earlier. it's a extra checklist of the stories and tangible facts of this dramatic interval of our capital's prior and a tribute to people who lived throughout the Blitz and unfortunately so usually, those that didn't.
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Whitefields Tabernacle Site 4. New Cavandish Street 5. All Souls Church 6. BBC Building 7. Ambulance Station 39 8. 43 / 47 York Terrace 9. St Marylebone Church 10. Madame Tussauds A wartime sketch of the Tottenham Court Road Station flood defences and info kiosk On exiting at street level turn right into Oxford Street and head west. Whilst we do not follow this famous street as far as Oxford Circus, it is worth pausing to consider its experiences during the war. Following the route of the old Roman road via Trinobantina, it remains Europe’s busiest and most densely populated shopping street with almost 550 stores.
Casualties that night were particularly high with 631 Londoner’s losing their lives. A number of incidents were reported in this area and the photographs show a comparison of the building in South Row before the raid and just before their demolition. South Row before the war After a short stroll along their frontage we turn right into Pond Road. The first imposing building on the left is Paragon House; it was severely damaged on the night of 16 April 1941. This date saw another major raid on the capital.
Then came the sound of something clattering down the roof of a building in the direction of Broadcasting House. I looked up thinking it might be incendiaries, but this was not so. We slowly walked round to the entrance of Broadcasting House . . I remained outside talking to two policeman; their names were Vaughan and Clarke. A saloon car was parked alongside the curb some distance round from the entrance and I could see the lamp post in the middle of the road opposite the Langham Hotel. The policeman had their backs to this so did not observe what followed.
A Wander Through Wartime London Five Walks Revisiting the Blitz by Clive Harris