Following the devastation of Guenica the question for London was could it cope with the predicted catastrophe of Nazi terror bombing? Could London develop plans that reduced the predicted millions of casulaties and thousands of people driven mad? On this walk we look at London before the war, and the measures taken to protect the City and its citizens. We find out what it was like to come to work after a night in the shelters to find your work place in ruins. We visit the site of the earliest bomb raids on London; we explore the sequence of continuous bombing that followed the Battle of Britain, and on to the great City raid of 29th December 1940, which was centred on St Pauls. By May, 1941 the Luftwaffe had transferred to the Eastern Front, but the fear returned with the V1 and V2 secret weapons. Before the war was over London developed the Abercombie Plan to direct the rebuilding of London after the war. We have a look at what happened to the plans for an optimistic modernist dream of a Corbusian City in the Sky.
Guided by Kevin Flude, the distinguished former Museum of London Archaeologist.
THE CITY & THE BLITZ – THE PRACTICALS
The City & the Blitz takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, November 23. The meeting point is just outside the West Side exit of Moorgate Underground Station.