Monday, 20 October 2008

S stands for Shelters

One of the great things about living in SE8 is simply walking out your front door and stumbling into history. Since moving here a few years ago I've been fascinated by Deptford's wartime past in particular. It's a subject I will certainly return to in future posts. In the meantime a posting by Deptford Dame has reminded me of these photos I took last month of local air raid shelter signs.



Above is the very well preserved example on Frankham Street (just off the High Street).

Sadly what I assume was a similar sign on the building opposite has been erased at some point.








Below is the example on Comet Street (opposite Elgar Close):



And one which thousands of people must pass every day - but how many have noticed it? This one is right on the High Street by the Deptford Project:


I'm sure these aren't the only ones around Deptford and its environs - please let me know of any others.

7 comments:

Deptford Dame said...

hey, hello there! Great post, and welcome to the rapidly-expanding pool of Deptford bloggers!

Anonymous said...

A great WW11 relic can be seen on the "railings" of the old down and outs home on Brookmill Road (not sure what it is used for now). Look carefully and you will see the railings are made of old stretchers, piles of these stretchers were left in the streets in the Blitz for emergency use. At the end of the war a whole pile of them were nabbed by someone and used to make the railings!

SE8KER said...

Thanks to both of you! I hadn't realised there were quite so many Deptford bloggers! Will take a look at those railings...

Deptford Girl said...

Hello. Nice blog, I'll add you to my blog list!

Deptford Girl

SE8KER said...

Thanks, like your blog too!

Headhunter said...

That is interesting.... Love unoticed bits of history tucked away and general dereliction... I'll have to look these places up

Peter said...

The iron railings (from made stretchers) are not alone in being used at Brookmill Road. There is another stretch of them along a side road on the way down to Greenwich, just before the underground car park.

P.