Eastbourne Wartime Photographs

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War and here in Eastbourne we have been going through the archives and the pages of the book, Wartime Eastbourne by George Humphrey.

Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 1:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 5th March 2019, 2:50 pm
Damage to the rear of a pair of semi-detached houses in Northbourne Road on October 6 1940

Eastbourne was the most raided town in the south east during the 1939-1945 conflict.

Bobby's, now Debenhams, was damaged on the Lismore Road frontage after a German bomb narroly missed the store
The scene of the bombing at the junction of Cavendish Place and Tideswell Road
A head warden labours below the rubble of a demolished house in Willoughby Crescent after a bombing raid
This couple had just taken their wedding vows at All Saints Church on August 15 1940 when the sirenbs sounded and the wedding party was led into the crypt for safety and the register was signed underground
In July 1940 schoolchildren were evacuated to Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
The central library was destroyed during a large raid by up to 18 aircraft on June 4 1943
Grove Road was badly damaged in the German bombing campaign