In Photos: London In 1940

Jordan Waite

In Photos: London In 1940

One thing is clear from this collection of pictures from 1940 — in the face of adversity, London carried on. We still read our books, sung our songs, posted our letters and went to the pub. As one shopkeeper pictured below rightly put it, it was ‘business as usual’.

West End book business basement shelter, Bloomsbury.

Source FlashbakA market brings colour to the Blitz
Source IliketowastemytimeLondon, 1940
Source Bbc World ServiceA WH Smith bookstore
Source BibliophiliaWoman posting a letter.
Source JamesbellartMan sleeping in a stone sarcophagus, Christ Church
Source Sarah Chavez (Troop)Business as usual
Source Old LondonThe wreckage of a bus, which was blasted against a house during the Blitz, 9 September 1940
Source Old Pics ArchiveLondon Underground station during The Blitz, 1940.
Source London UndergroundEvacuees
Source Old LondonView of a bomber over the London Docks, taken from another bomber, 7th September 1940
Source Old Pics ArchiveLittle girl sitting in the ruins of her bombed home
Source World War Ii HistoryKing’s Cross railway station.
Source Old LondonThe docklands ablaze after the first mass air raid on London.
Source YesteryearCripplegate, 1st September 1940
Source Rob BakerA woman drinking tea in the aftermath of a German bombing raid during the Blitz
Source History In PicturesElephant and Castle underground station shelter.
Source FlashbakEaling c.1940 with pedestrian lanes to speed people up and avoid bumps in the blackout
Source Sir William DavenantChildren in London celebrate Christmas in an underground bomb shelter, December 25.
Source History In Pictures14 October. Bomb damage Balham results in tube tunnels collapsing, over 60 killed
Source Imperial War MuseumsLondon Blitz, 21 September 1940
Source Events From 1942Elephant & Castle, 1940
Source Old LondonA London bookshop, after a raid on 8 October 1940
Source Historical PicsReaders browsing through the bomb-damaged library of Holland House, London.
Source History In PicturesElephant and Castle underground station shelter close up.
Source FlashbakMilkman at work during the Blitz, London, 9 October
Source History In MomentsBalham Underground station
Source LondonhistorianLondon Red Cross volunteers, Hammersmith, 1940
Source Old London A wide view of the bomb-damaged shell of the John Lewis department store on London’s Oxford Street.
Source Old Pics ArchiveSikh family shelter in the crypt, Christ Church, Spitalfields
Source Old Pics ArchiveThe aftermath of a bomb attack, Autumn 1940
Source Prof.Frank Mc DonoughPolice officer during the Blitz, 1940
Source Old LondonProspect of Whitby pub, Wapping
Source Old LondonChildren in the East End, made homeless by the Blitz, 1940
Source Lost In HistorySource Old LondonDancers at the Windmill Theatre
Source Old LondonA bride still manages to get ready for her wedding
Source Battle Of Britain

Last Updated 08 June 2017

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