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London County Council Bomb Damage Maps. War damage survey showing areas damaged with varied coloration according to seriousness - Sheets 36-42; 46-53; 58-65

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  • Sample sheets available to view online via the Player show sheet number 63 covering City of London (East) and Whitechapel; and sheet number 64 covering Holborn; Bloomsbury; City of London (West).

    The remaining maps are not currently available online but can be viewed at London Metropolitan Archives.

    The colouring applied to the maps records a scale of damage to London’s built environment during the war - the most detailed and complete survey of destruction caused by the aerial bombardment.

    Black = Total destruction
    Purple = Damaged beyond repair
    Dark Red = Seriously damaged, doubtful if repairable
    Light Red = Seriously damaged, but repairable at cost
    Orange = General blast damage, not structural
    Yellow = Blast damage, minor in nature.

    The maps also show the impact points of the V-1 flying bombs and V-2 long range rockets, as large and small circles.

    Alongside the damage, the areas cleared by the War Debris and Demolition Service are marked in light blue. This sometimes appears as green or aqua and should not be confused with parks and open spaces which have also been coloured, generally with a pale green, and waterways and lakes which have been coloured pale blue.

    The full set of the maps is made up of 110 hand-coloured 1:2500 Ordnance Survey base sheets originally published in 1916 but updated by the LCC to 1940. They were published in a new book ‘The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps, 1939 to 1945’, by Laurence Ward in 2015, ISBN 978-0-500-51825-0
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Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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