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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

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Swanscombe

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Above photo showing the aftermath of the bomb in November 1940.

 

Sunday 10th November, 1940, during a darts match starting at 8 pm, the pub being crowded no one heard the air-raid and so the match continued as German bombers flew overhead to East London.

However, one bomb was destined for Swanscombe and scored a direct hit on the pub. The pub was totally destroyed leaving just the staircase leading to the upstairs clubroom upstairs, a gaping hole in the cellar and the walls blown apart and roof blown off.

The death toll was 27 and 6 seriously injured. The landlord and one of the barmaids being some of those killed along with a seaman and his father, but the landlords wife and daughter survived.

This was Swanscombe's worst incident of the war.

 

 

This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

As such I have found a picture of the pub, but to date have little other information. Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.

 

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If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-

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