Hughes Mansions, Vallance Road, Stepney, were destroyed in March, 1945, by the last of Hitler’s rockets to fall on London. This was the second worst of all rocket incidents, involving 131 deaths and severe injuries to 40 people.
These photos of WW2 bomb damage in London are from a collection of newspaper and magazine articles published in England during World War Two. My late grandfather gave these to me as he knew I was interested in London history.
Of 93 flats 60 were completely wrecked or had to be demolished.
The flats, completed in 1929, were named after Councillor Mary Hughes, J.P., member of the housing committee, daughter of the author of “Tom Brown’s Schooldays,” and a Quaker philanthropist who gave away much money.
She bought an old public house in Vallance Road, re-named it Dewdrop Inn and made it a social centre. She died early in the war in St. Peter’s Hospital, which overlooks the scene of Hitler’s carnage in Hughes Mansions.