Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Ladywell Shelter



This 'Shelter for 700' sign is on the road bridge on Ladywell Road, opposite Ladywell station. It's mentioned in a few places online where it is described as a World War 2 bomb shelter sign. But is it? These were usually painted on a white background with a big 'S' for Shelter (see New Cross example here).


I wondered whether it might be more recent, e.g. a homeless shelter from Crisis at Christmas or similar. Does anybody know for sure? And where was the shelter? Presumably somewhere towards Lewisham High Street.

3 comments:

the observer said...

no but I am going to do some investigating

Anonymous said...

The graffitti is well known locally & according to the information gleaned when preparing walking guide to Ladywell ( due soon!) was recorded as Air Raid shelter under one of the railway arches in WW2.. for a more detailed overview of bombing of the borough in both wars ( remember Zeppelin raids in the 'first blitz') you might consult the Zetica guide( UXB study in 2008) ..which provides location of major bombing incidents in L/ham area..inc 2 UXB in Ladywell Cemetery!!

Mike Guilfoyle
Friends of Brockley & Ladywell Cemetery-Foblc)

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/ACOLLATEDOCS/41791_25.pdf

Anonymous said...

I am certain this is a 1939-45 War sign, I remember others of similar style around London growing up in the 70s - i think this was one of them. Most of them have now disappeared.

Maybe different councils adopted different styles?

I expect somewhere within Lewisham Council's archives are details of all public air raid shelters.

As a guess, maybe a shelter dug in Ladywell Fields?