Twitter Facebook Instagram


A new book from a principal archivist at the London Metropolitan Archives features a striking graphic representation of the bombardment of London during the Second World War.

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945, by Laurence Ward (Thames & Hudson), incorporates the 110 meticulously hand-coloured maps that document the level of damage during the air raids on the capital. Significant bomb damage around Clerkenwell included the destruction of Cripplegate in 1940 (pictured). In the Sixties, this bombsite became the location of the Barbican estate. The book marks the first time that the maps have been published for a general audience.


newsletter signup

read past issues

clerkenwell tv

Related Items


Noir's rising star

Featuring razor-sharp dialogue and scheming gangsters, Jukebox is a novel that makes Clerkenwell the backdrop for a gritty crime caper.


Such a Draw

There are many reasons why Clerkenwell has become a “design destination”, and they’re all interwoven. But, like all of life, the story starts with one, vital thing: water.