By Clive Harris
Via a sequence of 5 walks this ebook discovers the attractions, sounds and event of the capital at struggle; it information the remainder tangible proof of the darkish days through air raid look after indicators, bomb harm on constructions and memorials detailing heroic and sometimes tragic occasions. the recent routes conceal a large region of London and demonstrate additional facts of the stories of 4 years air battle within the skies above our capital urban.
The East finish & Docks, Greenwich, Holborn, Bermondsey, Southwark and the West finish are all featured, besides specific maps and various modern photos that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The booklet additionally incorporates a variety of appendices in relation to the broader photo of the struggle. A good deserved tale of London’s domestic defend is advised. an inventory of Civil security casualties that happened in the boroughs lined through the walks is incorporated in addition to an in depth checklist of the destinations of wartime fireplace and ambulance stations around the capital.
This e-book will attract either the fanatic and someone with an curiosity in London’s previous. it's a additional checklist of the thoughts 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 frequently, those that didn't.
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Extra resources for A Wander Through Wartime London: Five Walks Revisiting the Blitz
Both South East London and the East End suffered the worst night’s bombing since October in a raid that lasted from just after 2000hrs to 0200hrs the following morning. 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 final V-2 fell on Orpington, Kent on 27 March 1945 and the final V-1 fell on open countryside in Hertfordshire two days later. Around 60,000 civilians had been killed by enemy air attack across the UK, about half of them in the capital city, but London was finally safe again. Published Sources: The Narrow Margin – Derek Wood with Derek Dempster, Tri Service Press 1969 The Most Dangerous Enemy – Stephen Bungay, Aurum Press 2000 Walking the London Blitz – Clive Harris, Pen & Sword 2003 The City That Wouldn’t Die – Richard Collier, Collins 1959 Chapter One Blackheath to Greenwich Start point – Blackheath Station (direct trains can be reached from London Bridge & Waterloo East) End point – Greenwich Station (DLR or overland service back to London Bridge & Waterloo East) Duration of Walk – 3/4 hours On exiting Blackheath Station (which can be busy when a lively farmers’ market takes place on Sundays), turn left and walk to All Saints Church where our walk begins on the edge of the heath.
Though recently replaced, a number of examples across London still exist and incredibly, as can be seen from the photographs, these fences were made up by welding wartime civil defence stretchers together to make domestic fences, and with that example of ingenious post war recycling in our thoughts our walk comes to an end. F. com ii – Rosemary Radley – BBC Website/the peoples war iii – The Authors’ family recollections Chapter Two The Marylebone Walk Start Point – Tottenham Court Road Station (Central/Northern Line) End point – Baker Street Station (Bakerloo/Circle/Metropolitan Line) Duration – 3/4 hours Our walk starts at the busy Tottenham Court Road station.