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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/2269
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1939-1940
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Battersea Metropolitan Borough
Wandsworth Metropolitan Borough


Administrative/Biographical history:

Battersea Metropolitan Borough and Wandsworth Metropolitan Borough were part of the London County Council. Under the Air Raid Precautions Acts of 1937 and 1939 County Councils were responsible for making arrangements for the protection from injury and damage of persons and property within the County. This included the training of volunteers as control room staff, wardens, rescuers, ambulance drivers, messengers and salvage; building shelters; establishing rest centres for the homeless and evacuation of schools and the vulnerable.

Battersea and Wandsworth were a prime target during the Blitz because of the railway network, factories and power station in the area. From July 1940 to April 1944, 2,729 high explosive bombs and parachute mines together with about 50,000 incendiary bombs were dropped on the two boroughs. From June 1944 to March 1945, 160 V1 flying bombs and 8 V2 rockets fell on the two boroughs. Also, during that time, eight V2 rockets fell on the boroughs from the 8th September 1944 to the 6th March 1945. About 1,800 died and about 8,900 were injured in the 2 boroughs.

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Scope and content/abstract:

Plans of Air Raid Precautions (ARP) Districts in Battersea and plans of air raid shelters in Wandsworth, 1939-1940.

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Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1986 (Acc/2269).

Allied Materials

Related material:

For records of the London County Council, including papers relating to emergency wartime measures, see reference LCC.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
April to June 2009

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