Photographs I've gleaned from flea markets, junk shops and sometimes ebay. The cheaper the better. Anything with a story that can be extracted from hand written notes, location research, local histories, census records......anything. A small band of fellow enthusiasts worldwide have helped me with many of these. Of course there are always mysteries that defy research, but there's even a story inside these. All images can be viewed at super-size on Flickr.

Monday, 30 May 2011

WW2 bomb damage at St Thomas's hospital, London.

WW2 bomb damage. St Thomas's Hospital, London.

Scanned from a tiny print, I reckoned I had only a slim chance of identifying this building. However, when I looked at this enlarged version the roof of the building behind was immediately familiar. It is County Hall. The hospital was bombed on 9th September 1940. This wing was demolished and replaced with a modern high rise building after the war. Getty images have this photo, which shows a patient and nurses posing in front of the same section of building before workmen had started to clear the rubble, and this 1940 Pathe News reel also surveys the damage.


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