Bomb Damage in the Second World War

During the Second World War, St Marylebone and Paddington suffered extensive bomb damage. The two rail heads at Paddington and Marylebone Stations and Church Street, caught in the flight path between them, were prime bombing targets This bombing map was made in 1946, immediately after the Second World War and formed the basis on which the Abercrombie Plan for the Rebuilding of London was created.

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Colour Key References
Black -Total destruction
Purple - Damaged beyond repair
Dark Red - Doubtful if repairable
Light Red - Seriously damaged, but repairable at cost
Orange - General blast damage, not structural
Yellow - Blast damage, minor in nature
O V1 flying bomb large circle
o V2 long range rocket. small circle

There will be slight variations in the colours because the original maps
are old and the colour balance on computer monitors will vary

Uses of the Bombing Map on this website


The LCC Architects who made the maps, gave me black and white photocopies in about 1960 which I published in different books for years. When the LCC was closed by Mrs Thatcher, the maps passed to the London Metropolitan Archive, which now owns the copyright. I am most obliged for their permission to reprint small pieces for educational purposes.

In 2005 London Topographical Society published a magnificent edition of the maps called ‘The LCC Bomb Damage Maps, 1939-1945.’  It is out of print, but schools can find copies in their Local History archive and print their particular page for educational purposes.

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