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Bomb Damage To Queen Street Place
This photo was taken the morning after 10 May 1941 the night of the most severe attack of the London Blitz.Queen Street Place Cheapside and the surrounding area were heavily damaged.Southwark Bridge lies in the distance with Three Cranes Wharf in the centre.Firemen were faced with over 2000 fires but low tides and over 40 fractured water mains limited their firefighting capacity.That night marked the last of the major bombing attacks on London for the next three years.Police Constables Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs photographed the destruction of this street and across the City as they had done throughout the Blitz.

Bomb Damage To Moorgate Underground Station
One of the heaviest night attacks of the Blitz on London was on 29 December 1940.In Moorgate Underground station countless incendiary bombs caused fires to rage.Strong winds intensified the fires and temperatures soared above 1000° Fahrenheit causing railway track to warp and supporting beams to give way.Pools of melted metal and glass formed on remaining platforms.Almost every building in the Barbican and Moorgate area was destroyed that night and 12 firemen were killed.

Bomb Damage At Newgate Street
On 29 December 1940 the City of London was hit by one of the heaviest night raids of the Blitz.Some of the worst damage occurred around St Pauls and Paternoster Row.Practically all the buildings on the south side of nearby Newgate Street were destroyed.The night became known as 'Red Sunday'.

Bomb Damage To 96 Cheapside
After 35 consecutive days' bombing during the Blitz a high-explosive bomb struck this building on Cheapside home to Doland George Limited tailors.During the day of 11 October there were seven main attacks from the skies above Britain one of which reached central London.The usual night attack then began the heaviest raids taking place between 7.40 and 11.00pm.Fog diminished the attacks but factories railways and other public buildings were damaged in London that night.Three RAF pilots were killed.

Bomb Damage To Paternoster Square
Paternoster Square beside St Pauls Cathedral was once central to the publishing industry full of bookshops printers stationers and warehouses.On the night of 29 December 1940 the City of London was hit by one of the heaviest night raids of the Blitz.Businesses such as Simpkins and Marshall Hutchinsons Blackwoods Longmans and Collins sustained serious damage.Police Constables Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs photographed the aftermath of the raid the following morning.An employee of the Architectural Review arrived at the printers to find only rubble.St Pauls stood among the devastation almost unscathed by the attack.

Bomb Damage To Lower Thames Street
These two men are from the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps.Police Constables Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs photographed them as they worked to remove this dangerous structure.The previous night 29 December 1940 the City of London was struck by one of the heaviest raids of the Blitz.It became known as 'Red Sunday'.Areas around the City were left in ruins.

Bomb Damage To Bank Underground Station
During a night raid of the Blitz on London on 10 January 1941 Bank Underground station sustained a direct hit.A high-explosive bomb exploded in the booking hall causing widespread destruction.People had been sheltering in the tube tunnels.Some of the estimated 111 dead were thrown into the path of an incoming train.A huge crater had formed outside the Royal Exchange through the impact of the bomb.It was so wide and deep that Royal Engineers had to build a bridge across it.

Bomb Damage At Lime Street
This photo was taken the morning after the most severe attack of the London Blitz.A high-explosive bomb struck Lime Street by Leadenhall Street at 12.50am on 11 May 1941.A sign for The National Bank lies amongst the rubble.That night marked the last of the major bombing attacks on London for the next three years.

Bomb Damage To Dowgate Hill
Premises in Dowgate Hill accommodated wine merchants solicitors and livery halls including the Skinners Hall and Tallow Chandlers Hall.On the night of 10 May 1941 the City of London suffered the heaviest night raid of the Blitz.The livery halls encountered structural damage but survived unlike the buildings in this photo which were struck by incendiaries.That night marked the last of the major bombing attacks on London for the next three years.

Bomb Damage To 23 Queen Victoria Street
The Salvation Army International Headquarters stood on Queen Victoria Street.It was photographed as its facade fell to the ground.The night raid of 10 May 1941 was the most severe attack London had sustained throughout the Blitz.Countless documents were lost in the bombing of these headquarters but some charred and water-stained records were rescued.These included the personal files of army officers and the founder William Booths diaries and correspondence.

Bomb Damage To Lower Thames Street
A V-1 flying bomb thousands of which struck London from June 1944 probably caused the destruction recorded in this photo.The east wing of the Customs House is shown in the centre.The bomb struck at 3.55am on 26 June 1944 injuring three people.The V-1 known as the 'doodlebug' or 'buzz bomb' made a distinctive droning noise that was followed 12 or 15 seconds' silence before the explosion.

Bomb Damage To Aldersgate Street
Rosenberg Davies Tailors Krieger David Silk Merchants a jewellers and a tobacconists were among the premises lining Aldersgate Street.On 1 July 1944 the buildings were struck probably by a V-1 flying bomb during a raid on the City.Thousands of these bombs targeted London from June 1944.

Bomb Damage To Little Britain
V-1 flying bombs hit this stretch along Little Britain at 11.36pm on 31 July 1944 injuring 23 people.Amongst the damaged buildings were premises of Dundee Floorcloth and Linoleum Co Limited Tomkinsons Carpet manufacturers Chamberlain T H Limited and Dalbar Fabrics.

Bomb Damage To The Great Hall Of The Guildhall
On December 29 1940 the City and its old timber buildings suffered heavy damage during a severe night raid.Fire from the bombed St Jewry had drifted to the Guildhalls roof by 9pm.By 10.10 the Great Halls roof was ablaze.Since the Thames was at low tide water pressure was too weak for firefighters to be able to hose the roof.Volunteers moved dangerously along it with buckets of water but by 10.30pm the building had to be abandoned.The colossal statues of Gog and Magog the traditional guardians of the City of London were turned to ash.The walls though black with soot remained standing.

Bomb Damage To New Union Street
This building on New Union Street seen here from Moorfields was struck by bombs during one of the heaviest night raids of the Blitz.The night of 29 December 1940 became known as 'Red Sunday'.

Bomb Damage To The Chamberlains Office At The Guildhall
Mr F A George Commander of the Guildhalls Fire Squad No 2 ordered fire-watch duties on 29 December 1940.This was one of the heaviest night raids of the Blitz and many of the Citys old and vulnerable timber buildings were destroyed.Fire from the bombed St Jewry had drifted to the Guildhalls roof by 9pm.Winds spread the flames and ashes around the complex including the Chamberlain's Office.

View From St.Pauls Cathedral To The East
This photo was taken from the Golden Gallery of St Pauls Cathedral in the aftermath of the Blitz.The view to the east includes Queen Victoria Street Cannon Street railway station Friday Street and Bread Street.The two churches featured were both heavily damaged in attacks.Only the tower remained of St Augustines Church on Watling Street.The bells of St Mary-le-Bow on Cheapside had crashed to the ground.

Bomb Damage To London Wall & Aldermanburry Avenue
This photo taken in February 1941 shows areas around London Wall devastated by the severe Blitz raids of the previous months.Aldermanbury Avenue where many textile and clothing manufacturers had premises was largely destroyed in the attacks.

View From St.Pauls Towards Paternoster Row
In the aftermath of the Blitz on London St Pauls stood almost solitary amongst the surrounding devastation.Diligent firewatchers in St Pauls had managed to contain each incendiary bomb that landed.On 16 April 1941 a bomb did penetrate the roof and exploded in the crypt.The area was central to the publishing industry.Damage from incendiary bombs in one night alone resulted in 27 publishing firms their warehouses and an estimated 5 million books being destroyed.


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Do you have the photo of St Pauls standing alone, whilst everything around her is virtually rubble.

That is an amazing photo.

Great photos though.

New Nottingham!
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Think of all the magnificant buildings that would still be in London if it wasn't bombed so badly. It's such a shame some of them are gone.
The 60's didn't help either really with all the mass clearance that occured.

Sexy Astronaut
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I guess you have to look on the brightside, imagine if London was only marginally damaged but the planning of the post war years still went on* such as the case with american cities, and although you can't really appreciate it now at the mo, but it did free up 'The City' so that more modern developments could take place for better or for worse.**

*&**yeah i know, Bomb crater or not it didn't matter what sort of condition a building was in or how popular, it could get demolished, but an ugly building built on a bomb site as opposed to completely undamaged building is way better than the latter.

eh hope that made sense.

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It just shows you that the problem we have with Islamic extremists have nothing on the Nazis... It must of felt pretty bleak during 1940.

Well done to the people who put up with this nightly...
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