|from Wartime Memories by Ruth Durrant - note the stretchers|
(this picture was taken on one of the River Emergency Service boats in the Second World War,
which operated from Cherry Gardens Pier in Bermondsey)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
History Corner: WW2 Stretchers as Railings
Mereton Mansions in Brookmill Road, Deptford was formerly Carrington House, a homeless hostel. The railings outside have an interesting history too - they are made from metal stretchers used by ARP (Air Raid Protection) during the Second World War.
Similar examples of this recycling can be found elsewhere in London. I spotted these on the East Dulwich Estate:
See also The Great Wen on World War 2 Railings - he mentions that there are similar railings in Harleyford Street SE11. There is an interesting discussion on flickr too with pictures from elsewhere, and some detail that confirms this is not just an urban myth. In fact here's a photo of one of the stretchers in action: