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EAW000760 ENGLAND (1946). The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul and the surrounding city, Bath, 1946

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Title [EAW000760] The Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul and the surrounding city, Bath, 1946
Reference EAW000760
Date 9-May-1946
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Place name BATH
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 375057, 164738
Longitude / Latitude -2.3584427837223, 51.380645982398
National Grid Reference ST751647

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The bombed remains of St James Church which stood at the top of Southgate Street, roughly where Marks & Spencer stands today. The building was eventually demolished in 1957. The city was bombed in April 1942 as part of the so-called “Baedeker raids”, in which targets were chosen for their cultural and historical, rather than their strategic or military, value. Bath was largely untouched during the Blitz, the German night bombing offensive against Britain's cities, though nearby Bristol was bombed severely throughout that period. Bath was subject to numerous air raid warnings as raiders flew overhead on their way to Bristol, but no bombs were dropped on Bath at this point. Over the weekend of 25–27 April 1942, Bath suffered three raids, from 80 Luftwaffe aircraft which took off from Nazi occupied northern France. As the city sirens wailed, few citizens took cover, even when the first pathfinder flares fell, the people of Bath still believed the attack was destined for nearby Bristol. During the previous four months Bristol had been hit almost every night, so the people of Bath did not expect the bombs to fall on them. The first raid struck just before 11 pm on the Saturday night and lasted until 1 am. The German aircraft then returned to France, refuelled, rearmed and returned at 4.35 am. Bath was still on fire from the first raid, making it easier for the German bombers to pick out their targets. The third raid, which only lasted two hours but caused extensive damage, commenced in the early hours of Monday morning. The bombers flew low to drop their high explosives and incendiaries and then returned to rake the streets with machine-gun fire. 417 people were killed, another 1,000 injured. Over 19,000 buildings were affected including 218 of architectural or historic interest.

Billy Turner
Thursday 1st of June 2017 10:33:00 PM

User Comment Contributions

Bath, 11/08/2007

Class31
Wednesday 18th of November 2015 07:00:28 PM