Fore Street Textile Warehouse | WW2 Photos

Images from East London showing the destruction from German bombs during World War Two. Images scanned from a genuine copy of The London Evening news magazine, handed down to me from my grandfather.



Textile Warehouse – Fore Street London

In Fore Street one of the largest wholesale textile warehouses in the City went up in flames between December 29th / 30th, 1940. Fire-watchers on duty were powerless against Hitler’s rain of fire-bombs, for that grim night the water supply ran out.

Founded in 1799, Fore Street warehouse had grown till it extended east to Elephant Yard, west of Milton Street and in-depth to City Greenyard. It covered nearly an acre of ground. Only cellar walls and parts of four pillars along the Fore Street front remained. The Company sought temporary premises in new Bond Street.

Of City Greenyard, where, until WW2 began, the Lord Mayor’s coach and the horses of the City of London Police were stabled, nothing is left except the house in which Mr. George Grainger, the Lord Mayor’s famous coachman, used to live.

Fore Street Textile Warehouse

Fore Street Textile Warehouse

Fore Street Textile Warehouse

Fore Street Textile Warehouse

East London History - East End Facts

Malcolm Oakley - East London History - A Guide to London's East End.

I grew up on the fringes of London's true East End and have been fascinated by the ever changing history and landscape of the area.

Visitors and tourists to London may only ever explore the City centre but for those that care to travel further east, a rich and rewarding travel adventure awaits. So much of London's history owes a debt to the East End. Colourful characters, famous architecture, hidden treasures of changing life over the years.

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