Amazing Then and Now photos Show How Norwich Has Changed from the Norwich Blitz

During World War II, the German forces heavily bombarded Norwich and its surrounding areas, known as ‘The Norwich Blitz.’ The bombing was also launched in several other Britain’s cities in 1940. However, Norwich was not attacked until April and May 1942 as part of the so-called Baedeker raids. Targets were chosen for their cultural and historical value and not as strategic or military targets.

The furious bombing was launched on the evening of 27 April 1942, and it lasted for two days. There were further attacks in May and a heavy bombardment on 26 and 27 June in which Norwich Cathedral was damaged. Norwich Castle, the City Hall, and the Guildhall escaped while many residential streets were destroyed.

Here is a fantastic set of then and now photographs that show the Norwich landmarks immediately after the attack and how they look years later. Two pictures of the exact location in a single frame with the same angle.

#1 Parachute troops, bare-headed and wearing ‘jump jackets’, in Norwich during exercises in Eastern Command, 1941 and 2012

#10 Catton at the corner of Church Street and Spixworth Road, 1945 and 2011

#13 Harmers Factory, St Andrews Broad Street, 1943 and 2012

#26 St Mary’s Baptist Chapel on the corner of St Mary’s Plain/Duke Street, 1942 and 2011

#29 The junction of Oak Street and Sussex Street just off St Augustines, 1942 and 2012

#30 The Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall Street/Walpole Street, 1941 and 2011

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