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Bomb Sight

Website maps WWII bombs

Bomb Sight, a fascinating new website launched at the end of 2012, maps the bombing that London suffered during the most active part of the World War II Blitz in 1940 and 1941. Golborne Ward suffered eight high explosive bomb hits during that period.

Four of the bombs appear to have landed on or near the railway line that heads west from Paddington through the area. Important transport links were an obvious target for the German Luftwaffe.

Other bombs hit obviously residential areas such as the ones that fell on Bonchurch Road near St Lawrence Terrace and on Oxford Gardens near Ladbroke Grove. It's likely that not all bomb hits are recognised since the map is based on contemporary record keeping which due to the chaos and destruction was not always accurate.

Although the bombs caused plenty of damage the irony is that the slum clearances of the 1960s and 1970s destroyed much more of the original Victorian housing of Golborne, mostly built in the 1860s and 1870s, than the Nazi bombs did.

Bomb Sight

Bomb Sight by University of Portsmouth is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.