London fireplace that survived Blitz bombing raids still stands without its house
Like much of London during World War II, Vincent Street in Westminster was reduced to rubble after a direct hit during lightning that destroyed a number of stables.
The area, just a short walk from the Houses of Parliament, remained a bombed-out site for 40 years until it was finally converted into a sheltered home in the 1980s – and notably, two chimneys remain.
These photos show how one of the stone herds on the street with its metal grille still looks almost completely intact after standing there without a house for 80 years since the German bombing.
The old red brickwork that adorned the top of the fireplace can also still be seen as it remains neatly hidden next to a large gate after extensive renovations and redevelopment of the area.
One of the stone cookers on Vincent Street in Westminster, with its metal grille, looks almost intact today, having been without a house for 80 years since the German bombing campaign destroyed a number of stables
After the extensive renovation of the surrounding area, the fireplace remains neatly hidden next to a large gate (center)
The chimney (circled) is on a street that was bombed for 40 years until it was finally redeveloped in the 1980s
Bomb maps detailing the damage inflicted by the Air Force on the streets of London confirm that Vincent Street was hit by a large explosive device. The key shows how much of it has been “irreparably damaged”.
A total of 21 properties fell under the category across the region. Pictures of the fireplace were shared on Facebook on Wednesday by Steven Herd who wrote, ‘Fascinating find. A fireplace in a wall on Vincent Street, SW1.
“There were a number of stables here that were lost in lightning. The site remained a bombed-out site for about 40 years until it was converted into a sheltered residential building in the 1980s. Two chimneys remain. ‘
The Blitz began on September 7, 1940 and was the most intense bombing campaign in Britain. Named after the German word “Blitzkrieg”, which means Blitzkrieg, the Blitz claimed the lives of more than 40,000 civilians.
Bomb maps detailing the damage inflicted by the Air Force on the streets of London confirm that Vincent Street was hit by a large explosive device. The key revealed 21 objects in the area (marked in purple) and was “irreparably damaged”.
The aftermath of a Blitz bombing on Regency Place and Rutherford Street, two blocks from Vincent Street, in 1944
Firefighters fighting flames after the 1944 bombing raid on Regency Place and Rutherford Street in Westminster
Between September 7, 1940 and May 21, 1941 there were major raids across Great Britain, in which more than 20,000 tons of explosives were dropped in 16 cities. London was attacked 71 times and bombed 57 consecutive nights.
The city and the East End took the brunt of the bombing raids with German bombers using the Thames as a guide. Londoners expected major raids known as “bomber moons” during the full moon periods.
More than a million London homes were destroyed or damaged – and of those killed in the bombing campaign, more than half were from London.
In addition to the streets of London, several other British cities that serve as hubs for the island’s industrial and military capabilities have been hit by air force bombs such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Plymouth, Cardiff and Belfast.
A row of wrecked taxis in Leicester Square, London is pictured on Blitz on November 1st 1940 following a bombing raid
Police turn people away from the danger after arriving at the site of a lightning bombardment in London on October 19, 1940
Despite the extensive bombing of the capital, some landmarks remained – such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, which remained virtually intact, although many buildings around it were reduced to rubble.
Adolf Hitler intended to demoralize Britain before launching an invasion with his sea and ground forces. The lightning bolt ended in late May 1941 when Hitler set his sights on the invasion of the Soviet Union.
Other British cities that suffered from the lightning were Coventry, where the medieval cathedral was destroyed and a third of the houses made uninhabitable, while Merseyside was the most bombed area outside London.
There were also major bombings in Birmingham, which killed 53 people in an arms factory, and in Bristol, where the Germans dropped 1,540 tons of explosives and 12,500 arsonists in one night, killing 207 people.