Picture of the Month

Seventy years ago on 7th September 1940 (or “Black Saturday” as it came to be known) the beginning of the Blitz on London began.

Although there had been sporadic raids prior to this, it was the first time that the capital, and in particular, the East End experienced the intensity of a massed air attack.

The picture shows the damage inflicted on the church of St Matthew, Bethnal Green. The church, which was built in 1743-6, had already witnessed partial destruction in the middle of the nineteenth century following a fire in 1859.

The west end of the church was repaired in 1955 and the rest reconstructed in 1958-1961.

Image courtesy of Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives