All Hallows Barking | 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.



All Hallows by the Tower – Byward Street

Founded in 675, it is one of the oldest churches in London. Toc H church, All Hallows Barking was blasted by German bombs in December 1940 and three weeks later was completely burned out.

It was one of the most complete mediaeval churches. When the ruins were cleared parts of an 11th century cross were found, also an arch belonging to the original Saxon church.

All Hallows survived the devastating explosion in a neighbouring ship chandler’s shop in 1649, when 27 barrels of gunpowder exploded. Sixty houses went up and 67 people were killed.

All Hallows Barking

All Hallows Barking

All Hallows Barking, also known as All Hallows by the Tower.

All Hallows Barking Burnt Out

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One comment on “All Hallows Barking | WW2 Photos
  1. I remember taking part in a pageant celebrating All Hallows by the Tower’s place in history. The star of the show was Max Bygraves’ son Anthony. I was living in the TOC H hostel ‘Talbot House’s next door to Tower Hill Underground Station. My girlfriend Lisa also took part. I played a mediaeval knight. My girlfriend had left her handbag in the hostel. She asked if I would fetch it for her. I walked across Trinity Square in my costume, during rush hour when it was packed. Not one head turned to stare at the mediaeval knight passing them.

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