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Hard nowadays to imagine or comprehend, Finsbury Park suffered extensive bomb damage in the the 1940's

Hanley Road in the London blitz

Top of Regina Road

Still from Pathe News Reel showing bomb damage to top of Regina Road

Photo taken in same spot today. Roof in background is what is now the Old Dairy pub

Bombs Dropped on Finsbury Park

Map of Bombs Dropped on Finsbury Park (

I have lived on Hanley Road for over 20 years, and I always find it remarkable and humbling that there are neighbours of mine who were living in the street when a bomb hit on December 31 1944, killing 13 people and devastating the end of Regina Road.

This was not a rare occurrence. According to, there were 27 high explosive bombs dropped from 7th October 1940 to 6th June 1941 in Finsbury Park (link), and of course, London-wide there were many more.

The image, top-left, is a still taken from a short Pathe video (Stroud Green is mentioned at 45 secs).

Below that is an photo taken today in the same spot at the end of Regina Road.

Here are the words of Kitt Rawley, who was just 14 years old when the war started, and living in Isledon Road:

"At the beginning of the War the German bombers went after the railway at Finsbury Park and our road backed onto the railway. In one of the houses badly damaged during a raid, a whole family died as they sat playing cards - they were just sat there, it was the shock wave that had killed them".

Full is an interactive map showing where bombs hit London:

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