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.
Saddler’s Hall – 40 Gutter Lane London
The following account was written just after the War ended. Between Foster Lane and Gutter Lane, and behind Cheapside’s north facade, lay handsome Saddler’s Hall. Hitler’s fire-bombs fell on surrounding buildings on the night of December 29th, 1940, the night the water supply failed in the City, and the fires spread.
There is nothing left on the extensive site today but the broken marble pillars of the Saddler’s entrance, 141 Cheapside. Not only did the Worshipful Company’s hall go up in flames, but all the Cheapside shops were lost.
Saddler’s Hall, the third on the site, was built in 1822, the buildings along the Cheapside pavement in 1863-4. The Company’s first hall, built in 1396, went in the fire of 1666.