During the Blitz London was a target for the German bombers and Hackney suffered from the air raids from August 1940 to July 1941. During the air raids people were forced to seek shelter from the bombs. An air raid siren would wail to let people know that an air raid was approaching and it was time to find a safer place to shelter.

People sought shelter in many different places. There were specially created shelters such as Anderson Shelters in back gardens, trench shelters in parks and big brick shelters out in the streets. Underground stations and basements were also used for shelter. Some people did not feel safe in any of these places and looked for other ways to protect themselves.

It was so dangerous in London that many children were evacuated, they took shelter by being sent out of the city to live with people in the countryside, although many of them came back to be with their families.

Click on the links to the left to find out where people in Hackney sought shelter…