Bomb damage at the St. Helier Estate

Bomb damage at the St. Helier Estate

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Date Photo Taken 1st January 0001
Area Morden
Copyright 1 Wimbledon Borough News 3/12/1940
Picture Reference MerMor_​World_​War_​2-8
Original Format Photo
Notes / History The newspaper of the day stated that “Folks here had just gone to bed when the bomb fell but they were uninjured”. It’s not known what street this bomb damage was on but the St. Helier Estate, a 1930s estate of 125 acres and 9,068 houses and flats for 40,000 people, experienced a total of 20 high explosive bombs during the Blitz (7 October 1940 to 6 June 1941). One resident of the estate, Edward Pope, later recalled ‘I can remember the landmine being dropped in Love Lane and my Scout Master was very badly injured in that. He was standing at his front door. He thought it was a parachutist and people were actually approaching it thinking it was a German Parachute and in fact it was a Land Parachute Mine. That caused absolute devastation, Love Lane was devastated’ (Reminiscences of St Helier Estate published by St. Helier Reminiscence Group 1999)

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