By Clive Harris
Via a sequence of 5 walks this booklet discovers the attractions, sounds and adventure of the capital at conflict; it information the rest tangible proof of the darkish days through air raid look after symptoms, bomb harm on structures and memorials detailing heroic and sometimes tragic occasions. the recent routes hide a large region of London and show extra proof of the reports 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 specified maps and diverse modern pictures that accompany the textual content for every stroll. The booklet additionally encompasses a variety of appendices on the subject of the broader photograph of the battle. A good deserved tale of London's domestic defend is instructed. an inventory of Civil safeguard casualties that happened in the boroughs coated through 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 entice either the fanatic and someone with an curiosity in London's prior. it's a additional list of the thoughts and tangible proof 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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Local historian, Stephen Humphrey, has been fantastically helpful as have Steve Potter and the staff of Southwark Local Studies Library and London Metropolitan Archives. Greenwich Heritage has also been wonderfully helpful. I would also like to thank walkers; Michele and Richard Page Jones, Marietta Crichton Stuart, Mike Garbett, Peter and Alison Campbell, Maurice Klingels and Andy Pepper. Please excuse me if I have left omitted you. You are all fantastic. Lastly and most importantly I would like to thank my lovely wife, Tracey.
As you enter you will note the Festival of Britain Award for Merit Plaque awarded in 1951 on the right-hand house, now extremely rare items to find. This one also commemorates the completion of the post-war repairs on these historic buildings. First damaged when an HE landed onto the back basement of No3 on 19 October 1940 just after midnight, the dates 16 and 19 April play heavily in the wartime story of the Paragon. At No8/10 two people lost their lives when the building took a direct hit and further along the row the comparison photographs show the damage caused prior to their rebuilding between 1949/51; only a veteran post box remains bearing the scars of that night’s raid.
Thankfully there are no recorded casualties in this incident. Two V1 rockets fell within the park grounds, firstly on 15 July 1944 at 1358 one landed somewhat harmlessly just 50m from the Wolfe memorial causing little damage, secondly in the flower bed near to the Vanburgh Park gate on 31 July 1944 a lone walker was taken to hospital when a rocket struck at 1815hrs. We now walk down the hill towards the Naval College aiming for the Park Row exit. Proceed down Park Row and take care when crossing the busy Trafalgar Road.
A Wander Through Wartime London Five Walks Revisiting the Blitz by Clive Harris