After a number of near misses, London Library was finally hit by German bombs on the 23rd of February, 1944.
The library, founded in 1841, is on St James’s Square.
Today marks ninety years since the death of Thomas Hardy, famed English novelist of the Victorian era.
However, when Dorset-born Hardy first came to London, he was not making money as a writer.
One of his jobs was to clear graves to make way for the massive new St Pancras railway station, which opened in 1868.
Headstones were moved for the build, and stacked together. Today, there is a famous spot called the “Hardy Tree“, where – for the past 1.5 centuries – a tree has grown around them.
This is the Hartford & Greenbank railway station in Cheshire in England, photographed on a snowy, wintry day: the 28th of December, 1962. This was during the United Kingdom’s infamous winter of 1962-63.
Mrs Devereux and her twelve-year-old daughter Jean at their home in Pinner, Middlesex, England in December of 1944.
The Christmas tree was a present from Mr Devereux, who was serving overseas in the war, and was organised through a YMCA initiative.
More photographs of the family’s Christmas can be found HERE.
Christmas in London in 1944, the last Christmas of the Second World War. The caption for the image reads:
At the Canning Town settlement, Derek Cunningham receives a Christmas card and savings stamp. In addition, he is holding a paper bag containing a new toy and some sweets, donated as Christmas gifts by America through the British War Relief Society.