The Kings Cross area was hit by four V1 flying bombs during the second world war and suffered several other heavy hits from aircraft. Bombing was mapped during the war by the LCC architects. In a clumsy way I have transposed the original beautifully hand coloured maps onto Google maps at this link here. The flying bombs are marked with triangles on the map. For security reasons, the maps didn’t record the bombs that hit St Pancras and Kings Cross Stations.
It makes it easy to see what influenced the pattern of post war social housing. Some terraced streets were replaced in a hurry by estates like Tiber Gardens and the old Naish Court. Other areas were either patched up or limped on as bombsites until the 1970s.
It starts to be clear that it wasn’t just the 1960s and 70s town planners who demolished the grid pattern – some streets were bombed out of existance, possibly with heavy loss of life. Two flying bombs landing within 500 yards of each other (the circles in the picture above) might well make you want to start again. I shall do some research into press coverage at the time – if anyone remembers this or has a relative who does drop me a line. If you want to see the original maps they are held in the neighbourhood at the London Metropoltian Archive in Finsbury near Exmouth Market. If anyone wants to do their own personal research but can’t get there i have put some large photos of the two maps in the album here.