By Clive Harris
Via a chain of 5 walks this ebook discovers the attractions, sounds and adventure of the capital at struggle; it info the remainder tangible facts of the darkish days through air raid shield symptoms, bomb harm on constructions and memorials detailing heroic and infrequently tragic occasions. the recent routes conceal a large zone of London and exhibit additional facts of the studies 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, besides certain maps and various modern images that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The publication additionally encompasses a variety of appendices in terms of the broader photograph of the struggle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic safeguard is advised. an inventory of Civil protection casualties that happened in the boroughs coated via the walks is incorporated in addition to an in depth record 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 previous. it's a extra list 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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Near to this spot a V2 rocket landed on 25 March 1945 causing extensive blast damage. This had been one of the stations that had been chosen as a Deep Level Shelter started in 1940 and completed in 1942. Although connected to the nearby station, access was often via a separate double spiral staircase with internal lift shafts at each end. A lesson learnt after direct hits at Bank, Balham and Trafalgar Square ended in fatal consequences for people sheltering with only one exit. A large concrete blockhouse at the head of the stairs survives today.
WALK II - THE MARYLEBONE WALK LEGEND 1. Jackson & Allums Garage 2. Eisenhowers HQ 3. 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.
Wemyss Rd V2 Site 3. Paragon House 4. Home Guard Loopholes 5. Greenwich Park Reservoir Shelter 6. General Wolfe Statue 7. Park View Police Station Site 8. The Trafalgar Tavern 9. The Old Naval College 10. The Cutty Sark 11. St Alfege Church 12. Burney Street V2 Site On the west side of the road can be found a splendid arts and crafts church hall constructed in the 1920s. It replaces the original building on this site that was damaged in an air raid in the Great War. On 24 August 1916 (wrongly captioned the 14th on the displayed photograph), thirteen Naval Airships headed for London.