Blitz Ghosts: Danger UXB

Blitz Ghosts: Danger UXB

I’m not sure where this is, I can’t find any info out, but think it’s possibly at Harford dump, which is where most of the defused stuff ended up, or it might be the depot in Ipswich. I’m on my way to getting some names for these chaps....
Blitz Ghosts – St Augustines

Blitz Ghosts – St Augustines

St Augustines School 1940, a posed shot for George Swain as the children enact an air raid drill, there are a few others in this series, showing twisted lines of children waiting to enter, one of the other ones lines up with the wall and some door and windows behind...
Ghosting: Norwich 1943

Ghosting: Norwich 1943

In Norwich in 1943 White stuff was an International, GAP was a Barclays bank, Buntings is Habitat, or was and Bullen’s remains unchanged. The originals of these photos were taken  by Lew Funk: his Son John is digitising his fabulous and fascinating collection...
The Blitz: The Firefighter’s Memorial

The Blitz: The Firefighter’s Memorial

Entitled ‘blitz’ by artist John Mills. 997 firemen lost their lives in WW2, all listed on the plinth. It didn’t occur to me to check out the Norwich ones. Idiot that I am. If you care to look up photographs of St Paul’s Cathedral during the...
Baedeker Blitz: The Hubbards

Baedeker Blitz: The Hubbards

Thomas Hubbard Aged 52 Died 28-4-42 Norwich Garden of remembrance. Memorial cemetery. Farrow Road, Norwich. “The date that sticks in my mind is 28th April 1942 and the time 10.30 At that moment I was in the Anderson shelter in my garden on St. Martins Road,...
Blitz Ghost: Alexandra Road and Helena Road

Blitz Ghost: Alexandra Road and Helena Road

Alexandra Road, another Norwich Blitz Ghost. A 250kg bomb took out about 4 properties, quite a precise slice, which is still very evident if you look at the row today the missing block was replaced with a more modern variant of the generic terrace, a pattern you can...
Blitz Ghosts: St Benedicts Gate

Blitz Ghosts: St Benedicts Gate

On the 28th April 1942 this was the result of a 1000kg Hermann that burst on what is now the traffic lights at the bottom of Grapes Hill. The men aren’t short, they standing in the edge of a hole that was rather wide and very deep caused by the blast a Herman...
Blitz Ghost: St Bartholomew

Blitz Ghost: St Bartholomew

One of the few real reminders of the blitz on Norwich that is easy to visit is the church of St Bartholomew, Heigham, Norwich, it’s quite easy to find sitting just of Heigham Street and Waterworks Road. On the night of the 27th of April 1942 when the first of...
Blitz Ghosts – Rampant Horse Street

Blitz Ghosts – Rampant Horse Street

Seventy years on, plus a bit. The result of the second night of the main two raids 29th/30th April 1942, The fires are out, must be the modern rain. This is the scene that did for the Caleys factory the previous night, less so than Nestlé did years later admittedly....
Blitz Ghost – St Andrews

Blitz Ghost – St Andrews

This is Harmer’s Factory on St Andrews Broad Street in Norwich on the 18th March 1943 and the 2nd March 2012, almost seventy years., it’s also a weird bit of land with not much on it, sort of an entrance to a car park of sorts. Harmer’s was hit...
Tom Brittan’s Blitz

Tom Brittan’s Blitz

In 2012, I received a few emails from a chap called Tom Brittan who now lives in France. I”ll let him recount his story pretty much unedited; he lived just off the Unthank road and vividly remembers the bombs falling and the aftermath. My most vivid recollection...