We could hear the bombs falling…

Earlier this week there was an article in the Leicester Mercury about the bombs that fell in the Charnwood Street area in November 1940. This featured Greta Taylor nee Wenlock, who was eight years old at the time and attended Charnwood Street School. The family lived close to Grove Road, which was ‘turned into a huge crater. The hole in the road was absolutely massive and the houses around it were rubble’. Greta also remembers having to carry a gas mask to school every day, ‘and there were drills to make sure we could put them on properly’.

Bomb damage in Grove Road, November 1940

Bomb damage in Grove Road, November 1940

One of the people she recalls was the landlord of the Black Boy pub nearby, Mr Parker, who brought her a ticket for a street party once Victory in Europe was announced. She was ‘desperate to go out and join one of the parties’ – but the ticket was for a party in Sherrard Street, and when she got there she wasn’t allowed to join in as she lived across from the street rather than in it…

There are other memories of World War 2 in the Charny area at https://cib2.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/charny-at-war/ and https://cib2.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/more-about-charny-at-war/.

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4 thoughts on “We could hear the bombs falling…

  1. I remember that night my grandad was shook across the kitchen we lived two streets away ,Beaumont Rd as pupil at charnwood st school at the Time I went to see the crater it made before going to school I seem to remember very few attending that morning one name I recall was a school friend john warne from Frederick St .The workshop at cornerA made cardboard cut outs for caps I seem to vaguely remember finding them and using them as bumerangs along time ago I am now in my 80s I have some very happy memories of Charny,such as the church choir 12th leic cubs and scouts ho, happy memories

  2. My late mother lived in no.2 Grove Road, where the parachute mine exploded. Fortunately, she was sheltering in a neighbours lean-to brick built shelter further up the street. The shelter was completely smashed, but all the occupants survived, albeit not entirely unscathed. She only ever spoke about it in full once to my father. His full account of the night is now recorded on the Wartime Leicestershire website: http://www.wartimeleicestershire.com/pages/memoir_files/8.htm

  3. Pingback: School hymn books and other memories of Charny… | Charnwood Street, Leicester…

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