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Mapping the London Blitz

Mapping the London Blitz

Mapping the London Blitz
The Heart of London during The Blitz

This is not a new site but as in all things to do with family history, a new insight into a family connection revealed an address which placed the family being researched right in the heart of the East End of London. Such information brings forth a waterfall of new contextual information.

A project called Bomb Site, sponsored by the National Archive, the University of Portsmouth and JISC, the Joint Information Systems Committee, has developed an interactive map, showing the location of every bomb dropped on London during the Blitz, including images and detailed information on each incident.

You can make your search by address. The address we were looking for was Nettlewood Rd Streatham. The map showed the aggregate census data for the period of the Blitz, from 7th Oct 1940 to 6th June 1941. To see accurately where the bombs dropped was a sobering moment. When you click the icon, more details are revealed. Any stories or photos connected with the locality of the address can then be viewed.

Mapping the London Blitz
The bomb data is shown on a map. Click on the icon to reveal the details.

Whatever your connection with WWII

 

Whether your WWII connection is with London or not, this is an excellent resource that is constantly being added to and gives a very real and immediate sense of the proximity of the bombs that were dropped and where people lived.

The London Blitz
Bomb Damage in London

 

An intriguing afternoon with Lady Carnarvon about The Real Downton Abbey Highclere Castle

Highclere history highlights some intriguing connections after an enjoyable afternoon with Lady Carnarvon. Did the price of grain lead to a significant increase in Anglo-American Marriages amongst the British Aristocracy? Were the aristocratic marriages significant in the development of our society and what impact did they have subsequently through two world wars on the Special Relationship between two Nation-States. Amazing what you can learn from an intriguing lunch-time talk…

Morgans Map of London Post the Great Fire 1682

Morgans Map of London Post the Great Fire 1682

William Morgan’s Map of London 1682 and 1676 were key social history documents, they reveal much more than where and how London was organised in the post Great Fire era and at the dawn of the Enlightenment why is this document important for anyone wanting to understand the later history of London and it’s population. A series of intriguing connections with marvellous maps that illustrate why the mapped and geospatial perspective is compelling and vital in researching your history project.