Bomb damage Brockley

Olly wrote to us recently with a great find for BC's many local history enthusiasts:

I was doing some random internet searches and I came across these maps, outlining the WW2 London bomb damage, which I thought Brockley Central readers might be interested in. The ones below cover most of SE4:

Brockley, Ladywell, Hilly Fields, Nunhead

New Cross, Deptford, Nunhead, Brockley, Telegraph Hill

I found it fascinating to look up my street and see the carnage that was caused and get some insight into the cause of new builds sandwiched between Victorian housing stock.

This site outlines the details of the V1 and V2 bombs incidents that the SE4 residents had to endure (including a couple of strikes on my street: Endwell Road).

Thanks to Olly for the email.

19 comments:

alex said...

Wow good find!

Had no idea that my flat was majorly damaged during the war.

Tressillian James said...

the map cuts off half way down Tressillian which is a shame; but it does show that all the post war buildings and empty gaps in streets, are, as I thought, where there was major bomb damage. However, what is a suprise is the intensity of it.

Tressillian James said...

Ah sorry - the next one has the bottom of Tressiliian - but the middel bit is missing. What IS interesting is that the area where Lewisham college has its carpark (and perhaps where the new building is on Breakspears) was not bomb damage! The homes there took no damage - looks like those house went to 1960s planning dept.

Richard said...

My girlfriend actually did a project on this as part of her degree last year. She found out the original house on the site where her house now is was completely destroyed. The colour for those houses was purple so she did something with an old brick painted purple wrapped in paper. I'm sure she could explain it in a way that makes sense!

Amazed to see my house was damaged though! The buildings either side of Jam Circus seem to have suffered too.

Anonymous said...

Also explains the short row of old looking houses on the outskirts of Ladywell facing Hilly Fields that have a council block next to them.

Am sure this has been discussed here before though.

Anonymous said...

Yes, we have

http://brockleycentral.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-spy-6.html

patrick1971 said...

I had often wondered why there was almost no old housing left in the area to the north of New Cross Road between the two New Cross stations, and this map provides the answer. Interesting that such a small area should have been so comprehensively targeted; must have been something to do with the proximity to railways.

Tressillian James said...

Have a feeling that it was the docks that they were after too. Would be intersting to see if the whole of London took this sort of damage? Still can't believe that they pulled down houses that survived the Blitz to give Lewisham college a carpark.

Yersinia pestis said...

My very imperfect composite shows that yes, the whole of London did take this sort of damage:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yersinia/3102145059/in/set-72157611002473417/http://www.flickr.com/photos/yersinia/3102145059/in/set-72157611002473417/

Matt Brown at Londonist did a googlemap overlay of V2 strikes based on this. There's a related ap that you can use to plug in your postcode and find the nearest strike:
http://londonist.com/2009/01/london_v2_rocket_sitesmapped.php

A lot of the damage in this area is due to V1 and V2's, so not 'targeted' in any meaningful way, just falling short of the prime target of Central London due to misinformation propagated by the British Government.

Yersinia pestis said...

Oh I think I bollixed the links. I'm not used to Blogger:

Composite map of London

http://londonist.com/2009/01/london_v2_rocket_sitesmapped.php

Tamsin said...

I heard tell that even though we were not docks or anything this particular part of SE London got it very bad because the planes would be coming in from the continent following the shiny river or the shiny railway lines towards Central London and the docks, but if the flak or the fighter cover over the prime targets was too much the pilots would just dump their loads, turn round and return.

The Telegraph Hill Society has an ariel photograph taken in a survey just after the war that is available for sale (or will be when we get a new A3 printer).

The Cat Man said...

Regarding pictures, there is a man selling old pre war pictures of each area in london in leadenhall market.

I was walking past there yesterday and happened to see a whole section on Brockley. They had pictures of the bandstand in lower telegraph hill park (with the houses all around intact), pictures of hillyfields and pictures of the stretch of brockley road outside sides (i.e. with the orginal houses, not the modern homeview buildings) looking north to the st andrews church.

The Cat Man said...

sides = sids

Headhunter said...

Anyone know how to get the map of Manor Ave? I can't seem to work those Flickr photos....

patrick1971 said...

"there is a man selling old pre war pictures of each area in london in leadenhall market"

There is a similar stall in Bromley on Sundays. Quite a lot of shots of Brockley and Crofton Park in the early years of the last century.

oryx said...

Patrick, whereabouts in Bromley? That sounds interesting.

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sydmorley said...

I recently found this site I
live in Preston now but was Born in St Norbert rd in 1936 and remember and saw a V1 pass over our house
and we were blasted by the one that landed in Finland Rd
we were in the shelter just in time as my dad got a black eye from the blast door brought back some memories . Brothe married girl (frances )from 89 Endwell Rd

sydmorley said...

I recently found this site I
live in Preston now but was Born in St Norbert rd in 1936 and remember and saw a V1 pass over our house
and we were blasted by the one that landed in Finland Rd
we were in the shelter just in time as my dad got a black eye from the blast door brought back some memories . Brothe married girl (frances )from 89 Endwell Rd

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