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    Good shots of bomb damage to the town of Mitcham in Surrey.

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    Unused / unissued material -

    Mitcham, Surrey. - Thought to have been filmed around October 1940.

    VS of severe bomb damage to residential area of Mitcham. Men are still working amongst the rubble. Bombed buildings include houses and a Church. People inspect the craters and damage, some try to retrieve things from their smashed homes and cars. This appears to have been a very heavy bombing raid. - Good shots.


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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:04:53:00 / 01:07:24:00
    UN 254 D

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  1. WadeMitcham says

    I think that the church shown in this newsreel is of the Methodist Church at the Upper (also called the Fair) Green, Mitcham. That church was destroyed during the Blitz of 1940 and was not rebuilt. In its place is now a parade of shops called Langdale Parade.

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  2. Gerrysea says

    When this bombing incident occurred, I was 10 years old and lived in Baker Lane, Mitcham, in fact my family live at this address throughout WW2. The video appears to cover events at two different bombed site locations, one at the Fair Green and the other in Pembroke Road a cul-de-sac off Baker Lane; both areas that I was very familiar with at the time. WadeMitcham - is quite right the Methodist Church at the Fair Green was destroyed and never rebuilt. I remember the Church well since it was where I joined the 12th Mitcham Cub Scouts and was obliged to regularly attend their Sunday school. The film taken from the point of 1min 43sec of its duration, shows the devastation from the landmine that fell in the garden of a house Pembroke Road and is identified by St Marks Church seen in the background as the film rolls on. This Church still stands at the junction of St Marks Road and Baker Lane. The following is an extract from writings about my life during the war that I recorded some years…

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