During the war homes in Hackney were under attack from German bombs. Many homes took direct hits and were completely destroyed.
Homes not completely destroyed were badly damaged by the powerful blasts, which broke down walls, blew away roofs and shattered windows. As building materials were in short supply, it was difficult to repair the damage, homes that were still standing were repaired as best they could. Broken windows or holes in roofs and walls were often covered over with tarpaulin and damaged flooring replaced with oilcloth.
Those who lost their homes were forced to look for temporary accommodation. Some moved in with friends and relatives. Some schools became rest centres where people with nowhere to go would stay whilst they found a new place to live.