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Friday, December 16, 2005

After the bombs dropped

You are looking at the strangest bomb damage repair job I've ever seen.

Very little of London carries any reminder of WW2, there are the occasional empty lot here and there, mostly concreted over and used for parking. Here, in the Mile End Road is one of the oddest remmanents. The East End was particularly heavily bombed, maybe that's why they just walled up each side, and put that funny bit in the middle.

I don't know what it was before the war, but from the appearance I would have said some sort of department store.

posted by Ham at 00:13 -- Comments here: 1

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Anonymous Neil said ... (04:44) : 

If you mean the little shop (Carmel's - it's own story!) between the DIY store and Blockbusters, then no it is not bomb damage repair. I used to live a steet away and in the local paper the story is that the owner would not sell, so they built around him! The large store was for mass produced clothes ie off the peg. All very new stuff back then.
As an aside - on the opposite side of the road to this picture, is a plaque to Captain Cook who lived there (I think the house was only demolished between the two World Wars), further up the road is a statue to William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army), and in the block of Victorian flats I lived in Lenin once lived. But then the East End is full of interest.
Great site and photos.


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