This invaluable map was made by the London County Council immediately after the Second World War. It became the basis for the Abercrombie Plan for the rebuilding of London.
Areas marked in colours show the varying degree of the widespread bomb damage. Some houses were repaired; others patched up temporarily. Even those houses not bombed, deteriorated because there could be little maintenance during the war and were in need of care and modernising.
The map shows the strategic bombing pattern. The reservoirs would have shown up clearly in the night sky and the concentration of attacks near the filter beds show the attempt made to disrupt London's water supply. Similar clustering of damage on other sheets of the map, show the concentration on the main Railway terminii, marshalling yards, and major road junctions.
This map was kept in the bowels of County Hall, where the sharks now swim. Some years ago the London County Council Archiitects Department kindly made me black and white photocopies which I used and copied for years. Now we can use sections of the original coloured maps which have been republished by London Topographical Society with the London Metropolitan Archive owning the copyright. The levels of bomb damage were graded in a a series of colours.
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