Bedford Circus after the Blitz

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Bedford Circus after the Blitz

Bedford Circus after the Blitz, c.1942, by Albert Charles Bown © Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter

Drawn in 1942 by the war artist A. C. Bown, the view looks across Bedford Circus towards the cathedral. Since the Blitz had made much more use of incendiary bombs than high explosives, the circus and many other buildings had been gutted by fire, not completely destroyed, and there were calls to preserve its remaining buildings. In the event, however, the decision was made to clear the entire area.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum