The Vincent Street Fireplace – London, England - Atlas Obscura

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The Vincent Street Fireplace

A lasting remnant of The Blitz.  


In the heart of London’s City of Westminster sits the remains of a fireplace. During the Blitz bombings of World War II, much of London was reduced to rubble. With over 40,000 civilian deaths and over a million homes destroyed, the German bombing campaign left much of the city in ruins.

On Vincent Street alone, one attack saw 21 properties so badly hit that they were deemed “damaged beyond repair.”

A lone reminder still stands of that bombing aftermath. Though the surrounding terrace house it belonged to was decimated, this small red brick fireplace survived the bombing campaign. The fireplace has stood as a reminder for more than 80 years since. 

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The fireplace can be found opposite Napier Hall, on the left hand side before the gate of the residence entrance. It's slightly hidden by bushes.

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