Reference HO 207/370
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter Progress Reports: Week ended: 22 Nov 1940
Former Department Reference O/LR 10/6
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, British Army


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; reports from local authorities on the shelter situation; and diagrams showing a cross-section of the typical installation of bunks in the London Underground, and their arrangement along the line. Topics covered in the documents include the progress of securing additional shelters for public use; the supply of materials and labour required for the construction of shelters; the exacerbation of the labour situation by the need for "first aid" repairs to shelters; and the installation of sewerage systems at Underground stations. Other topics discussed include an extension of the scheme of medical posts and doctors at large shelters; lists of premises approved as shelters by A.R.P. committees; and a suggestion to re-roof bombed properties for use as shelters, which was dismissed.


air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelter conditions, air-raid shelters, bedding, bomb damage, bridges, construction materials, doctors, factories, first aid, furnishings, healthcare, infrastructure, labour supply, local authorities, London Underground, material shortages, public health, railway stations, railways, repair, sanitation, sewerage, statistics, storage, timber

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