Bomb damage at Runnymede, Colliers Wood

Bomb damage at Runnymede, Colliers Wood

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Date Photo Taken 1st January 0001
Partial / Incomplete Date c.1941
Area Mitcham
Copyright 1 News Chronicle
Picture Reference Mit_​War_​T22
Original Format Photo
Notes / History This photo, taken ‘circa 1941’, shows the damage caused by a German bomb on the Runnymede area of Mitcham.

It isn’t clear exactly when and where the bomb fell. Bombsight.org.uk, which has mapped the official bomb census of all high explosive bombs falling on London during the Blitz, has no record of a bomb falling on Runnymede during this period (from 7th September 1940 to 6th June 1941). It is possible that the damage shown here was caused by the bomb that is known to have fallen in Runnymede on 16th August 1940, shortly before the official start of the Blitz.

The picture shows no less than four Anderson shelters, one in the garden of each of the damaged houses, so it is hoped that there were no casualties on this occasion.

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