Friends of Gwendwr Gardens [FoGG]

 

The Memorial

Gwendwr Gardens are dedicated to the damage caused by enemy bombing, particularly by the raid on the night of Sunday, 20th February 1944.



The memorial was placed by the Metropolitan Borough of Fulham.

At the time it was referred to as Gwendwr Garden in the singular. 



 

Click on the image for an excerpt from this book detailing the bomb damage and casualties in the area on the nights of 20 February and 23 February 1944.

 

Fulham in the Second World War by Leslie Hasker

Published by Fulham & Hammersmith Historical Society (1985)

 ISBN 13: 9780901642202

 

 

Map showing bomb damage around Gwendwr Gardens during WWII

 

 

Note: The damage corresponds to the area of the dog park and play area, and of new housing on Trevalion Rd. The houses on the Talgarth Rd were removed for road widening. There was widespread damage in the West Kensington area on the night of 20 February 1944

About: The attack on London between 1939 and 1945 is one of the most significant events in the city's modern history, the impact of which can still be seen in its urban and social landscapes. As a key record of the attack, the London County Council Bomb Damage Maps represent destruction on a huge scale, recording buildings and streets reduced to smoke and rubble.

The full set of 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. Because they use the 1916 map, they give us a glimpse of a 'lost London', before post-war redevelopment schemes began to shape the modern city.

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. The original maps are at the London Metropolitan Archives.

 

To see the maps got to https://www.layersoflondon.org/map

On the left pick the 3rd icon down LAYERS and click

Scroll down and click on the + button for bomb damage

Scroll down to the bottom of that page and click USE THIS LAYER

Then click on I'M DONE

Click on the arrow to remove the GETTING STARTED panel

Then use the + button to expand and the mouse to move around.

 

 

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