Reference HO 207/364
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Public shelters: submission of progress returns
Former Department Reference O/LR 10
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Official Correspondence, Miscellaneous, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Acton, East Ham, Edmonton, Finsbury, Islington, Lewisham, Leyton, London, Ruislip, Southwark, Stepney, Walthamstow, West Ham


A file containing documents relating to the submission of returns on the condition of air-raid shelters, and the progress of air-raid shelter improvements by local authorities in London. Documents in the file include drafts of the forms to be used by local authorities; correspondence requesting information from local authorities; correspondence from local authorities questioning the necessity of the returns; a report on the shelters in East Ham; and statistics on shelters in Walthamstow. Topics covered by the documents include the capacity of air-raid shelters; the facilities available in them, such as water supply, heating, and sanitary facilities; the demand for shelters to accommodate the public; and the opening hours of shelters. Other topics discussed include the provision of food in shelters, including restrictions on the hours of sale to allow people to sleep; the provision of entertainment and educational and recreational activities; and the rules applied to the use of shelters.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, communal feeding, demographics, doctors, education, entertainment, local authorities, London Underground, nurses, public health, railway stations, recreation, sanitation, shelter wardens, statistics, surveys, The Blitz, water supply

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