Website reveals locations in Brent hit by bombs in the Second World War

Harlesden, Kensal Green, Queen’s Park and Neasden, were targeted

A Harlesden primary school, Kensal Green Cemetery and the borough’s world famous Neasden temple are all on sites hit by bombs in the Second World War, an interactive website has shown.

The website, called bombsite, displays an interactive map of the capital showing were bombs fell during the conflict.

Kensal Green Cemetery in Harrow Road, which has a variety of famous burials, including engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was hit with two bombs, nearby Bathurst Gardens, which houses Kensal Rise Library was also hit, although the Victorian building escaped damage.

The site of Furness Primary School in Furness Road, was directly hit, as was the area where Copland Community College currently stands in Cecil Avenue, Wembley.


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Wembley’s main landmark Wembley Stadium went unscathed, though bombs were dropped in surrounding areas including Wembley High Road.

The world famous Swamanarayan Temple in Brentfield Road, which was officially opened in 1995, would have suffered a near direct hit.

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The website allows users to zoom in on certain areas and shows red dots to represent the bombs, which fell during the conflict between 1939 and 1945.

Other areas included Queen’s Park, which had four bombs dropped on it while Harlesden High Street, home to the famous Jubilee Clock was also hit.

The current home to Capital City Academy and the Willesden Sports Centre in Doyle Gardens Willesden, saw a total of six bombs fall on it.

To see the website go to http://bombsight.org/#10/51.4399/-0.1064

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