Some properties were repairable, but many were completely destroyed. Damage to railways is not shown as this was not the responsibility of the LCC, In any case, the railway lines would have been repaired overnight, but the damage to buildings around all the London railheads was very severe and some remained as bomb sites for years. The positions of new buildings in a street are often explained by bombing and later demolition of old properties.

 An architect rang recently about the bombing map because he was concerned with a post-war house which had subsided. They were fifteen feet down and still bringing up whole window frames. Clearly the house had been built on a filled-in bomb site and he wanted evidence to show that the site should never have been reused for housing. The Bomb Map might present evidence for a compensation case.

Today the L.N.E.R. Rail Yard and the Coal Yard on either side of Lisson Grove have gone, swept away as a result of the Beeching cuts.  Add the rebuilding of bombed properties, new schools and Westway, and one can see how much things have changed since 1939.


Bomb damage on the south side of Church Street


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