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22 February 2013 @ 09:38 am
Kitsnaps: Snowy St. Paul’s  

Snowy St. Paul's
Snowy St. Paul’s
Whoops. I apparently forgot to pre-set an image for this morning. Tsk, tsk!

St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, in snow. I had known St. Paul’s quite miraculously (er, so to speak) had survived the Blitz, and that a bomb had in fact hit the place but (again quite miraculously) not gone off. I had *not* known that firefighters and volunteers had spent every night of the Blitz on the cathedral’s roof, throwing away incindiary chunks and putting out incidental fires, in order to protect it.

Across the street from the cathedral is a monument to the firefighters who risked their lives every day and night to keep it safe.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Andrea Blytheblythe025 on February 22nd, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
coraline73 on February 22nd, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Lovely pic.

There were fire-watchers on most non-residential buildings, not just St Pauls.

I think it started as a voluntary thing but became compulsory. A lot of the people who did it were the employees of the businesses concerned, doing it in addition to their normal days work.
There were even posters... http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1173/1156503661_c232ef10fb.jpg

I think my grandfather was a fire-watcher for the bank he worked at, before he was called up to go into the Army.

aberwyn on February 22nd, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
My great-uncle Will Ashton was one of the volunteers. He'd fought in WWI and was of course too old for the Army in WWII.