Reference HO 207/381
Title REGION No 5 (LONDON): Shelter Progress Reports: Fortnight ended: 15 Mar 1941
Former Department Reference O/LR 10/18
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence
Subthemes Air raid shelters
Document Types Reports and Surveys, Statistical Data, Official Correspondence
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, Tilbury, 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, Local Councils


A file of documents relating to progress reports on the provision of air-raid shelters in the London region. Subjects discussed in the file include the extension of shelters; the programme of shelter construction; the provision of new tube tunnel shelters; the number of persons taking shelter in tube stations during nightly raids; the provision of indoor shelters; the use of small builders on shelter work; the state of unsuitable shelters; the defective construction of surface shelters; and the inspection of shelters. Other subjects covered include the provision of amenities, including bunks, sanitary facilities, and heating; a proposal for welfare provisions; medical service provisions in the shelters, including medical aid posts, staffing, sanitary inspectors, and nurses; sanitary issues in the shelters, including infectious diseases and verminous infestations; the findings of a shelter census; the situation of the Tilbury Shelter; and the day-time and night-time capacities of shelters in each local authority.


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