Reference HO 207/365
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter Progress Reports: Week ended: 18 Oct 1940
Former Department Reference O/LR 10/1
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Maps, Charts, and Diagrams
Civil Defence Regions Region 5: London
Locations Acton, Banstead, Barking, Barnes, Barnet, Battersea, Beckenham, Beddington, Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Bexley, Brentford, Bromley, Bushey, Camberwell, Carshalton, Chelsea, Cheshunt, Chigwell, Chingford, Chislehurst, Chiswick, Coulsdon, Crayford, Croydon, Dagenham, Deptford, Ealing, East Barnet, East Ham, Edmonton, Enfield, Epsom, Erith, Esher, Feltham, Finchley, Finsbury, Friern Barnet, Fulham, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harlington, Harrow, Hayes, Hendon, Heston, Holborn, Hornsey, Ilford, Isleworth, Islington, Kensington, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Leyton, London, Malden, Marylebone, Merton, Mitcham, Orpington, Paddington, Penge, Poplar, Potters Bar, Richmond, Ruislip, Shoreditch, Southall, Southgate, Southwark, St. Pancras, Staines, Stepney, Stoke Newington, Sunbury-on-Thames, Surbiton, Sutton, Tottenham, Twickenham, Uxbridge, Waltham Holy Cross, Walthamstow, Wandsworth, Wanstead, Wembley, West Drayton, West Ham, Westminster, Willesden, Wimbledon, Wood Green, Woolwich, Yiewsley
Organisations Air Raid Precautions, Salvation Army, Young Men's Christian Association


A file containing documents relating to the progress of air-raid shelter provision in London. Documents in the file include a weekly progress report; statistics on shelter use in each local authority area; requests for information from local authorities; reports on the securing of additional shelters; a report by the A.R.P. chief architect on the provision of sleeping accommodation in shelters; and maps of shelter locations in some London boroughs. Topics covered in the documents include the capacities of shelters; the installation of amenities in shelters such as bunks, sanitation, first aid, lighting, and heating; the introduction of a ticket system for shelters; and the number of people using London Underground stations as shelters. Other topics covered include locations of possible future shelters; the use of unauthorised shelters; the decoration of shelters for morale; and a scheme to make commercial and factory shelters available to the public.


accommodation, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, air-raid wardens, amenities, bedding, bridges, business, drunkenness, electricity, factories, first aid, food supplies, furnishings, healthcare, hotels, housing, local authorities, London Underground, psychology, public health, public morale, railway stations, sanitation, shelter wardens, statistics, storage, volunteers

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