Holborn Station, London as an Air Raid Shelter in 1940

Holborn Station, London as an Air Raid Shelter, 1940

From World War Two, when the London Tube was turned into an underground air raid shelter for city-dwellers.  This was taken on January 30, 1940 at Holborn Station.  Amazing to think how nice those beds must have seemed, compared to sleeping on the platform.  The caption from the Science and Society Picture Library:

“The London Passenger Transport Board has now fitted the tube station platforms with comfortable bunks enabling thousands of Londoners who use the tubes as shelters to obtain a good night’s sleep in the deep security of the underground. Photograph taken at Holborn, Kingsway in London.”

This isn’t what most people would call “a good night’s sleep” today, but when you’re afraid of being bombed by the Luftwaffe, I guess your perspective changes.  This was taken a few months before the start of the Blitz of London.  This photo reminded me of an earlier post about the air raid shelter in Piccadilly Station: Taking Refuge From the Blitz, 1940

Source: [History Pin]

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2 Responses to Holborn Station, London as an Air Raid Shelter in 1940

  1. I can’t see how I would get a good nights sleep but I guess after a few weeks or months you get used to anything. Amazing that during all of this, people kept going to work etc.

    • Imagine, even if you wanted to leave, you probably still needed to keep working for your paycheque. Some families even sent their kids to live in the countryside or in Canada. I can’t imagine not only staying to work in a war zone, but being separated from family!

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