air raids

Beckton Road War Damage 1940

Clearing up in Beckton Road E16, after an air raid, September 7th 1940. By the end of the war in 1945 over 27% of houses in the borough had been destroyed. The figure was much higher in areas like Canning Town and Custom House, in the south of the borough.

Beckton Road War Damage 1940

War Damage

East Ham and West Ham suffered heavy damage from air raids during the Second World War. The attached tables summarise the number of bombs dropped on the two boroughs and the casualties caused.

Hermit Road School War damage (2)

Hermit Road School, bomb damage 1943.


Photo. Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Hermit Road School War damage (2)

Hermit Road School War damage (1)

Hermit Road School, bomb damage 1943.


Photo. Newham Heritage & Archives (Stratford)

Hermit Road School War damage (1)

Gas Mask

Fear about poison gas attacks on the civilian population in the Second World War lead to the government to issue gas masks.

Gas Mask

Air Raid Precautions

Stratford Central Line tube tunnels were used as air raid shelters.

Air Raid Precautions

Fire-watchers Equipment

The leather bag, leggings (to protect against poison gas) and steel helmet were issued to railway staff on fire watching duties during the Second World War. This kit was issued to S. Carter, engine driver.

Fire-watchers Equipment

St Michaels war damage.1/5/41.

St Michaels Beckton, Built about 1906. Bombed in 1941 and not rebuilt.


From the Thompson collection of glass negatives of East Ham War damage. In Newham Heritage and Archives.

St Michaels war damage.1/5/41.
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