I've been guiding regularly now since 2010 but have been interested in our wartime history for as long as I can remember and in that time, have come to appreciate that as well as the formal memorials and plaques commemorating incidents and events from the Blitz and beyond, there are so many more reminders that can be seen, often hiding in plain sight.
We've covered some of these in previous posts, such as surviving signage, bomb splinter damage and air raid shelters but today we're going to look at some of the quirkier and perhaps more subtle reminders of our wartime past.
We start at St Margaret's Church, adjacent to Westminster Abbey, a 12th Century place of worship that is sometimes called "The parish church of the House of Commons".
|Scorch marks still apparent on Pew 38 (author's photos)
|Rubble from the Thames embankment wall now on the beach below the Victoria Tower Gardens (author's photo)
|Sir Thomas Peirson-Frank green plaque (author's photo)
|The battle-scarred walls of Victoria Station (author's images)
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