London City Mission | Bridewell Place | 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.



London City Mission – Bridewell Place EC4

When German bombs came to Bridewell Place on December 29th, 1940, two top floors of London City Mission were destroyed. The rest of the building had to be demolished but the Mission saved its records.

Henry VIII built on this site in 1522 a “stately and beautiful” palace of red Tudor brick inset with the characteristic diaper patterns in black, as at Hampton Court. In setting Act 3 of his play, “King henry VIII,” at the Palace of Bridewell, William Shakespeare was historically correct.

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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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2 comments on “London City Mission | Bridewell Place | WW2 Photos
  1. Bob Harper says:

    Apologies if this is a duplicate missed the anti spam first time. My family and I have been holidaying in the Isle Of Dogs for about the last 4 years or so, brilliant place. We recently discovered Masthouse Terrace and the connection with Brunel and the Great Eastern-bit disappointed with signs though-my wife did contact local museum but sadly didnt get a response. Hope to go again in summer or earlier if possible. Brought up in South London (Battersea the Tooting)but now in Norfolk.

    • Hello Bob, thanks for your comment. We do seem to have this love/hate relationship with engineering and industry. My pet hate is what became of the famous motor racing circuit at Brooklands in Surrey. Now a massive retail park with only a fraction of the original banked track remaining. East London is the same in places. Lots of reference to Canary Wharf and big business, not so much reference to the man on the street who built the industry.

      Enjoy Norfolk, lovely county.

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