In the early hours of the May morning, 1941, when the City of London was ravaged by Hitler’s fires, the international headquarters of the Salvation Army in Queen Victoria Street went up swiftly in a roar of flames.
Nothing was left of the vast building in which several hundreds worked and the records of the Army’s worldwide activities were kept, except a pathetic skeleton facade. Since taken down. There was no loss of life, for the night staff, aware of danger, had left the building.
General Booth bought these offices 60 years ago. He and his workers started out from here on world travels. For many years at midday prayers were said in a small meeting room in the building.
In the photograph of the vacant site, the tower of St. Mary Somerset, at the corner of Lambeth Hill in Upper Thames Street, is clearly conspicuous.