Bomb sites in the Poets Roads 1939-45

The bombed site of the former Parsonage of St Matthias Church. c. 1955
at the southern end of Wordsworth Road

This picture was taken from near St Matthias Church. The Church itself survived the bombing but the Parsonage was destroyed.


St Matthias Church Vicarage, photographed c. 1865

This Parsonage was built in the Oxford Gothic style, rather like the Vicarage of the New St Mary's Church, in Stoke Newington Church Street. The latter survived, apart from some damage to the gable wall and roof.


The Howard Arms, Spencer Grove c.1974

This photograph was taken a few years before the building of the new Milton Gardens Estate was started. The pub has now been demolished and replaced by housing.


Milton Grove west side

This picture was taken on 5th December 1945 from the back of Shakespeare Wal. It shows a devastated landscape from there to the backs of the houses in Albion Road. Everything between had been destroyed.


Milton Grove - east side of the road looking south

The picture shows the huge bomb site in Milton Grove east, part of which was preserved as an open space. We now know it as Butterfield Green, which seems to be bordered on the south by the old public right of way along Town Hall Approach and through to Wordsworth Road. The old Wordsworth School was at the end.


The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps, 1939-45

Not available on internet for Copyright Reasons
The 1939-45 Bomb Damage map of the Grasmere School area

Not available on internet for Copyright Reasons

The 1939-45 Bomb Damage map of the Poet Roads

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

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

  More Information on The London County Council
Bomb Damage Maps, 1939-45

The houses left after the bombing

Most of these were demolished as the estate was being built. The people living in them must have waited anxiously month after month for it to be their turn to be re-housed in a clean modern flat. One lady described how, when she got the letter and the keys from the Council, she came running down the road. An old tenant, who had been in his flat for a full four weeks, held up his hand and said, “Slow up lass. It will still be there when you get there. And you'll live in it for fifty years.”


The fronts of Shakespeare Walk, west side, Nos.106-118, in 1978,

Taken from Browning House


Backs of Shakespeare Walk, west side, Nos. 72-94 in 1977, from Town Hall Approach.

To see the backs of houses in Shakespeare Walk, all the houses
in between must heve been demolished.


Milton Grove


Milton Grove looking south from the junction with Town Hall Approach,
showing the Old Town Hall, Public Laundry and Public Baths just before demolition

Milton Grove 1975


Shakespeare Mews, 1977

How the Planners set about planning Milton Gardens

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