West Ham Conference Centre | WW2 Photos

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.

Conference Hall, West Ham Lane, London
Conference Hall, West Ham Lane, London
Conference Hall, West Ham Lane, London WW2
Conference Hall, West Ham Lane, London WW2

Centre for Stratford Musical Festival, for the Men’s Meeting, and of Non-conformity in West Ham, the Conference Hall, West Ham Lane, was destroyed during Hitler’s deluge of fire-bombs on May 10-11, 1941. Built in 1884 as an outcome of the visit of the American revivalists, Moody and Sankey, it had a large hall seating 1,600, and smaller halls.

On the right in both pictures is Queen Mary’s Hospital for the East End, first London hospital bombed by Hitler. Two wards were demolished on September 7, 1940, six patients and two nurses killed.

During the night the Conference Hall burned the hospital had 61 fire-bombs, all dealt with successfully by a heroic nursing and medical staff. Hitler hit this hospital many times, and temporary kitchens are functioning now amid ruins.

Yet, not only did the hospital deal throughout the raids with hundreds of casual ties, but in 1944 it brought into the world in its midwifery wing over 1,000 babies.

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