Blitz and Beyond in Bethnal Green

The Tour

This guided tour explores the effects of World War Two on Bethnal Green – both the Blitz and beyond to post-War development.

Neville Chamberlain leaves Berchtesgaden - Just You Wait and See

Neville Chamberlain leaves Berchtesgaden

From the first days of the Blitz, the East End of London suffered the brunt of enemy action. High explosive and incendiary bombs, and then the fearsome V1s and V2s.

Despite these assaults, the people held together and kept believing.

Coat of Arms of the London County Council - Just You Wait and See

London County Council

Meanwhile there were plans forming for after the war. Not simply to put London back together again, but to create a brand new London.

A London which would turn its back on the past and look to the future.

As the War ended, the Labour Party’s landslide election victory seemed to promise a social freedom never before experienced by Britain’s electorate.

This tour explores the experiences of the Home Front in Bethnal Green. It also shows the impact post-War planning had on the area as it is today.

 

Details – Blitz and Beyond in Bethnal Green

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: By the Bethnal Green Tube Disaster Memorial, Bethnal Green Gardens (Bethnal Green Underground Station: Roman Road exit)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: Columbia Road, near Shoreditch High Street Overground Station

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Images sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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