Kings Cross blitz anniversary

Bomb_damage_map Kings Cross got its fair share of bombing in the second world war.  On the 70th anniversary of the blitz i thought it worth re-running a piece from 2008 on mapping the blitz in Kings Cross. If you are reading this in say the Guardian building, look North over the canal and the 1940s and 1950s social housing opposite (whose light you are stealing BTW) is built on a site of two V1 flying bombs landing with yards of each other.

In the original post i said:

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. 

There are some fascinating memories in the comments on the original post – if you have any more memories or can ask an elderly relative who was here at the time please comment below or drop me a line.  If you woudl like to see the bomb damage maps they are on display at the Metropolitan Archive – if you take a digital camera you can take photos of them.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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